The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, SP Dolapo Badmos, has confirmed that the body of a 52-year-old man, suspected to have committed suicide by poisoning was found on Monday by residents of Salvation Avenue in the Ajegunle, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Punch reports that the deceased, identified as Bolaji Waheed, was found around 1.30pm at the bank of the Itowolo River with a bottle containing a substance suspected to be poison.
The deceased was declared missing on Saturday when his family members could not find him.
The case was later reported at the Owode Police Division, and the corpse was taken to a morgue.
A resident, who pleaded anonymity narrated the incident, saying a pastor in the area saw the corpse by the riverside and alerted the others.
She said, “Pastor Ajiboye, who has a church in our area, was the one who reported the matter at the police station.
“The deceased had been missing for two days. He left home on Saturday and failed to return, which caused apprehension in his household. His family members searched the whole area to no avail.
“The man did not leave any note behind. So, the family members thought he was picked up by unknown persons and they reported to the police.
“But we were shocked that it turned out that the man committed suicide as he was found at the bank of the river on Monday. He was foaming in the mouth.”
“We are investigating a case of suicide as the man was found with a substance suspected to be poison. Investigation is ongoing,” she added.