Publisher commits suicide over poor magazine sales

A weekly magazine publisher, simply identified as Solomon, has committed suicide over poor sales of his publication.

The incident happened on Friday in Asaba, Delta State.

According to reports, the publisher, who resided in Achalla Layout area of Asaba, left a suicide note which reads: “I cannot stay alive suffering when nobody is helping me. Even my wife and children abandoned me and sales in my newspaper business have been very poor.”

His wife, Rosemary, however, denied the allegation, describing the claim as untrue, while insisting that her husband took his life when it became obvious he was lazy and was criticised by his friends and relations.

The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Baba Usman, said the police had interrogated the wife and daughter of the deceased, adding that the body of the publisher was found dangling from a tree branch behind his house.

The late publisher’s son, Frank, while speaking to reporters, said: “I knew my mum and my sister contributed to what my father did, and that was what I told the police. And anytime my father tried to complain, my mum and sister would shut him up after they had allegedly lavished the N300,000 he took from a cooperative society as loan.”

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