Job seeker commits suicide over inability to pay wife’s hospital bill

A 45-year-old unemployed graduate, Tijiro Oghenede, in Ozoro community, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State has committed suicide, following his alleged inability to pay his wife’s medical bills.

The Daily Times gathered that Tijiro Oghenede was given a bill of N250,000 for the treatment of his wife who took ill few months of an alleged loss of strength by management of Ozoro Central Hospital, a bill said to have rattled him all through the night of Thursday, especially considering his inability to secure a job since he graduated from the university seven years.

Spokesman of the Police in the state, DSP Aniamaka Andrew, who confirmed the incident to our reporter in Asaba, said Tijiro took his life in the early hours of Sunday after his relations had gone to church, adding that his lifeless body was found on the floor of his room with plenty drugs beside him.

Andrew said: “The body of the Tijiro Oghenede was found on the floor in his room in the early hours of Sunday. The door of his room was forced open when a member of his chuch smelt a rat. His wife apart from loss strength, delivered of a baby girl, hence his bills were increased”.

Family sources said Tijiro had in the past three months before the evil act been threatening to take his life over his inability to secure a job and also feed his wife.

But his younger brother, Earnest Oghenede, who spoke to our reporter, said: “My brother has refused to do farm works, rather unfortunate, he married without a job. He took overdoze drugs, and we found his lifeless body on the ground after his room door was forced open”.

It was gathered that Tijiro Oghenede had pleaded with the hospital management to allow his wife go home, assuring that he will be paying on installment basis.

But his plea was said to have fallen on deaf ears when one of the doctors told him that the management of the hospital does not run a charitable home, and he was allegedly sent out of the hospital premises.

As at the time of filing this report, there was wailing and crying by the deceased relations, and some neighbours who described his death as a taboo and abomination in Isoko communities.

Speaking to our reporter, an elder statesman in the community, Chief Benjamin Agurudu, said “Tijiro cannot be buried without cleansing the community. He committed suicide which is a taboo in Ozoro community.

His body will be thrown into the forest if his family failed to do this, it’s painful, and unfortunate”.

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