By Sabiu Abdullahi
There was a tragedy in Sharada, Kano, as 35-year-old Saleh Abdullahi was discovered lifeless in a room, having taken his own life by hanging yesterday.
The distressing scene unfolded when Saleh’s brother, Idris Hamisu, returned home from morning prayers.
Hamisu recounted the tragic discovery to the Daily Trust: “I came back from morning prayers, my wife wanted to prepare food for our children and she was looking for matches to set fire but there was none. She remembered that Salisu was usually using it for local perfume. When she sent our child to collect the matches, the boy saw him hanging and he ran back shouting that Yaya Saleh was hung by someone. I then rushed to the room and saw it was true.”
The victim left behind a note, the initial words of which read, “I am sorry,” yet the remaining contents remained indecipherable, leaving a veil of mystery over the motive behind this heartbreaking act.
Idris Hamisu, grappling with the tragedy, shared insights into Saleh’s recent struggles: “We didn’t have any problem. All I know is that these recent days he had been worried, and as businessmen, we usually feel like that when the market is bad.
‘’We are business people and we trade in furniture, but Saleh sometimes engaged in buying and selling old materials.
“He showed signs of worry these days because he collected money from someone and bought materials worth N400,000 in Rijiyar Zaki from some people and they took him to the house where they kept the materials and told him to come back another day to take them. When he asked for their phone number, they said since he saw the house he could just come back anytime, and when he went back later he could not find the house. That was what caused the worry for him because the money was not his and the owner put pressure on him to pay back.”
The frustration of being unable to locate the sellers intensified Saleh’s mounting stress, with lenders demanding repayment.
The Daily Reality has not been able to come across any statement from authorities in respect of the incident.