Kogi Government Distances Self from Death of Worker Owed Months of Salaries as His Pastor Speaks

Kogi State Government on Sunday that it was not responsible for the hanging of self of a level 16 Officer in the state civil service, Edward Soje, after he was owed months of salaries.
The government of the state, however, expressed shock at the death of a senior civil servant .
The state’s Head of Service (HoS), Deborah Ogunmola, said the death of Soje should not be blamed on Kogi State.
His death was connected to the impoverished state he was left after going months without being paid by state government.
His death reportedly came 10 days after his wife gave birth to a set of triplets after the couple had been childless since they got married 17 years ago.
The wife is still in the hospital where she was delivered of the babies through operation, when Soji took his life.
But in her Sunday statement, Ms. Ogunmola said Soje was caught in false age declaration practices during a staff verification exercise introduced by Governor Yahaya Bello.
“His pay was stopped after proof emerged that he falsified his age records. His confession to the offence is on video,” Ms. Ogunmola said.
Notwithstanding, the state decided to retain Soje in service following talks with labour union officials, the official said.
“Following engagements with Labour which spanned several months, the Kogi State Governor magnanimously commuted the disciplinary action due against certain categories of offenders by grant of pardon. Soje fell into one of the categories.
“Pardoned staff were processed for reinstatement and payment in batches. Soje was in the September 2017 batch and he was aware of this fact.
“The Kogi State Teaching Service Commission where he works has forwarded a template for payment to Government and Soje was aware that he was listed to receive six months back pay, leaving only two months (August and September) outstanding.
“Edward Soje was not just my staff; he was also married to my sister-in-law. His death is shocking, both as one related to him in some way, and one responsible for him in an official capacity.”
The state government has endured public backlash since the news of Soje’s demise became public knowledge Saturday.
Meanwhile, Rev Bayo Adelaja of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), regional head in charge the Church where Soje worshipped before his death in Lokoja, urged the people of Kogi to pray seriously for the state.
Adelaja, who made the call while delivering a sermon; “God’s hand on the city” in Lokoja on Sunday, lamented what he called “many unpleasant happenings” in the state.
Reacting, ostensibly to the suicide committed by a member of the church, the Rev. said everyone must pray against every satanic formation and for God to intervene in Kogi.
Adelaja commiserated with the family of Soje and prayed God to comfort them.
Soje’s body was discovered on a tree behind the mammy market at the Maigumeri barracks, in Lokoja.
He hailed from Ogori town in Ogori-Magongo Local Government area of the state.
Soje, had before killing himself, travelled to Abuja and left a suicide note for the wife, who also works in one of the Federal Ministries.
The suicide note read, “Psalm 121:3 God will not suffer your foot to be moved: He that keepeth you will not slumber. Amen. You and the three boys, the God Almighty will keep you and prosper you, Amen. I love you.”​

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