A gospel artiste with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Michael Arowosaiye, has allegedly hanged himself to death in Abuja.
The artiste who was well known for his constant performance at RCCG events was said to have hanged himself with his belt on Tuesday at Sunnyvale Estate, Lokogoma District, Abuja.
The church however said that Arowosaiye had left the church for another church, and was no longer its member as at the time he killed himself.
Information gathered revealed that the singer who was one of those at a recent youth praise event at the church was allegedly depressed over certain personal issues.
Acting spokesman for the police in the Federal Capital Territory, ASP Gajere Danjuma, confirmed the incident.
The Head, Media and Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, while sympathizing with the family of the deceased, said Arowosaiye had left the church before the incident.
“For us as human beings, it is painful that somebody has committed suicide. So, it is not right to begin to say whether he was with us or not. So, we first sympathize with the family.
“The report we have is that he used to be one of the singers in one of our parishes in Abuja. He left the church a while ago to join the Shepherdhill Ministry, where he became their choirmaster. So, as of this time, we cannot say that he was our member.
“Secondly, if he were our member, there is a tradition in RCCG whereby every parish attempts to assist every member under stress. So, if he were our member or minister and had some challenges, he could have approached his pastors”, he said.