A Lagos-based announcer reportedly committed suicide days after losing his job.
According to the Peoples Gazette, the victim identified as Hillary Okechukwu worked with Wazobia FM, but died of apparent suicide two days after losing her job.
His colleagues told the Peoples Gazette on Sunday.
Hillary Okechukwu was a sales executive at the Lagos-based broadcaster until November 18, when she was asked to resign after being accused of embezzlement of company funds.
Okechukwu, who his colleagues said had been with Wazobia FM for at least 10 years, suffered cardiac arrest from a drug overdose on Friday, his colleagues said.
The station administration held an urgent meeting on Saturday night to discuss the matter, but officials largely used the meeting to clear up any irregularities in the circumstances that led to Okechukwu’s departure and eventual death, sources said. to the Gazette anonymously to avoid official reprimand or worse.
A Wazobia FM management official did not immediately return a request for comment.
His colleagues said that Mr. Okechuwuku did not appear to have a mental health crisis prior to the incident.
Suicide prevention centers are rare in the country, which could have contributed to Okechukwu being unable to get help before it was too late.
Some colleagues told the Gazette that the development had left them demoralized, hoping it would push the station’s management to start prioritizing the well-being of the staff.