Tragic: 45-Year-Old HIV-Positive Man Commits Suicide Allegedly Due To Stigmatisation From Family...

Tragic: 45-Year-Old HIV-Positive Man Commits Suicide Allegedly Due To Stigmatisation From Family And Friends

By Joy Abobi | News Reporter on April 9, 2014

Abayomi Olarenwaju in Akure South local Government has committed suicide after testing positive for HIV.

According to sources, the 45-year-old man committed suicide yesterday Tuesday, April 8, 2014 due to stigmatization and rejection from family and friends.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Wole Ogodo, who confirmed the story described the incident as sad and tragic.

Sun News reports:

Apparently devastated after testing positive to HIV, a 45-year-old man, Abayomi Olarenwaju, has allegedly hanged himself.

He reportedly hanged himself with a vehicle fan belt in a bush near Akure South Local Government Secretariat in the early hours of yesterday .

Checks revealed that the deceased, who terminated his life without leaving a note, had just been confirmed positive of the deadly virus.

It was gathered that since the hospital revealed Olanrewaju’s health status, his wife and other family members had turned him to an outcast, leaving him dejected. Consequently, he was said to have lived in isolation until he allegedly committed suicide.

Sources stated that his wife moved out of the matrimonial home with their three children few days after he came home with a medical report that confirmed him as HIV positive. Other relations and friends were also said to have deserted him when the information spread to them through his wife.

Confirming the incident, the state , described Olanrewaju’s death as unfortunate, saying that his remains had been released to his family.


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