Francis Dooga, a 72-year-old ex-soldier, allegedly took his own life in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State.
On Sunday, January 28, 2024, at approximately 6:00 pm, the deceased, Francis Dooga, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at his apartment across from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Iniongun, a suburb of Makurdi.
The deceased during his lifetime was also known as the “old soldier,” allegedly took extreme measures while his family was out of town, according to a neighbor who requested anonymity.
The late retiree allegedly had previously complained of difficulties, according to some locals.
Moreover, word on the street was that the late man had griped about how his child would routinely deduct his pension payments whenever he arrived.
Additionally, he voiced his dissatisfaction with the pension board for not delivering his pension in a lump sum.
“The man was always complaining about his Security Debartment Allowance (SDA),” a witness stated, adding that the man had been receiving payments from the federal government, which had been passed on to the defense headquarters, and then to the military pension board.
“He said the pension was being released to them meagerly instead of in bulk monthly like their junior ones, resulting to abject poverty and abandonment by his family members.”