A cheating Nigerian-born GP who led a double life with two women for seven years and promised to marry both of them
one month apart hanged himself when his secret was exposed, an inquest heard.
Dr Festus Ojagbemi, 49, known as ‘Wally’, who had a surgery in Strood, Kent, lived with long-term partner Jackie
Hammond in the week and lover Bamidele Ayeni on weekends - for seven years.
He fathered a child with Miss Ayeni - a popular Nigerian singer known as Dele Achiever - and said he would wed them
both, while racking up thousands of pounds worth of debt taking them on holidays.
|Lover: Dr Festus Ojagbemi, 49, known as 'Wally', who had a surgery in Strood, Kent, lived with long term partner Jackie Hammond in the week and Bamidele Ayeni (pictured) on the weekends - for seven years|
|Performer: Bamidele Ayeni is a popular singer from Nigeria, who was having an affair with Dr Ojagbemi|
|Failed attempt: When the secret was discovered by Miss Hammond, Dr Ojagbemi stabbed himself twice in the chest at his surgery, St Mary's Medical Centre, in Strood, Kent (pictured)|
‘He’s intelligent, loving, caring, he buys me lots of things. Why would he do this to himself? Wally told me not to give anyone the news that we were getting married in April because everyone would go on about it.’
'He’s intelligent, loving, caring, he buys me lots of things. Why would he do this to himself?'
The court heard how the doctor, who also had two other children to two other women, had been off sick from work since December 2011, suffering from high blood pressure and vertigo.
The inquest was also told he had called Miss Ayeni on the day he died to tell her he loved her - and even discussed a wedding photographer with Miss Hammond on the morning he killed himself.
Recording a verdict of suicide, assistant deputy coroner Gail Elliman, said: ‘I am satisfied Dr Ojagbemi took his own life. I won’t go into any speculation about the reasons for doing so.’