Unemployed Graduate Prevented From Committing Suicide In Uyo


An unemployed engineering graduate of Ekiti State University, Mr. Sunday Omotayo, was on Wednesday prevented from committing suicide by the police and prison officials.

Omotayo, who caused a stir along Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, when he deliberately jumped out of a speeding Toyota Hiace bus, expecting to be crushed to death by other vehicles, said he was tired of life as he had been searching for a job for the past 10 years after graduation.

Some policemen, who were on patrol at the time of the incident, said that Omotayo had in the morning gone to the state prison asking the officials to either kill him or make way for him to rot in the prison.

A prison officer, who craved anonymity, said that they saw him – well dressed and wearing a tie – running towards them. He added that his action forced them to become alert with their guns.

He said, “The next thing he said was ‘shoot me, shoot me, I want to die, I am tired of this world’. He added that otherwise, we should allow him to enter and die inside the prison.”

The official stated that Omotayo was later overpowered by the police, who counselled him and forced him into a bus heading towards the Ibom Plaza roundabout.

An eyewitness, Mr. Effiong Bassey, said Omotayo jumped from the bus into the major road for other vehicles to run over him.

Lying on the main road leading to Akwa Ibom Government House, It took a while for policemen to get him out of the road. He insisted that he must put an end to his poverty-stricken life by committing suicide.

He said ,“There is no state that I have not gone to in search of a job in the past 10 years. I came to Akwa Ibom because this is my last hope because of the stories of Governor Godswill Akpabio and his uncommon transformation.

“I came with the hope that with what is going on in the state, getting a job would be easy so that I can begin to be a man. But since I came, I discovered that many people from Akwa Ibom are also crying because of poverty and joblessness.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Etim Dickson, promised to get back once he had confirmed the story from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area.



Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. You re very wrong young man to ve attempted suicide. A university graduate is an elite in the society , they re expected to create jobs by their training. Job is about solving problems for someone and u re paid for it. Life is a precious gift from God don't waste it. U can start something today ! Look out for a person need around u and reach out for it, u will get paid. Pls Government, the super rich, churches, mosque, NGO , communities, politician ,CEO, political parties, celebrities and families. pls provide Access to loans for people to start business for a better society, we all can be happy. Humble beginning.

  2. Long. Live Federal Republic of Nigeria ! For 10 whole years? Haba.

  3. Young man take it easy, it can only get better as long as God is still God. Let's hope this your action gives you a job. Nigeria my country

  4. Hmmmmmm!

  5. Fake Leaders u sit in confab collecting 12million each and people are surfrin na God go purnish u all

  6. Death is the means employed by cowards to get out of a difficult situation. Things will pick up, young man. Just stay focused. I havent killed myself even though I've been jobless too, not that I dont find life frustrating as well; thats because I see light at the end of the tunnel. Lets keep looking on the brighter side together. Common.

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