A tragic event occurred on Monday in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, when Umar Usman, a POS operator, reportedly tried to commit suicide by ingesting a locally produced insecticide as a result of a N1.7 million debt.
Umar, a resident of Yola South LGA, consumed the poison Otapiapia while attending court at Yola’s Upper Area Court I. His friend Mustapha Baraya filed a criminal complaint against him for the unpaid debt, which led to his appearance in court.
Earlier this year, on February 13, Umar’s friend from the same community lodged a lawsuit against him, accusing him of “criminal misappropriation and breach of trust.”
According to the case history, Baraya had provided Umar with a sum of N1.9 million for operating a POS business. However, Umar allegedly misappropriated the funds and only returned N150,000.
Despite the complainant’s attempts to recover the remaining balance of N1.760 million, Umar and his father continuously deceived him even after the court had issued a judgment.
The court had previously ordered Umar to refund the money within one month but he failed to comply. During the proceedings, Umar and his father claimed to have a rice farm that was ready for harvest, promising to refund the money after the harvest. However, they secretly harvested the crop without repaying the debt.
In response, the court issued an order for the disposal of Umar’s house, which was originally given to him by his father.
Evidently discontented with the court’s decision, Usman arrived at the court hearing on Monday with a bottle of Otapiapia. He entered the chamber of Judge Hon. Shehu Mustapha and consumed the substance, leading to immediate vomiting, loss of consciousness, and subsequent hospitalization.