According to reports, Tobechukwu’s body was found hanging on a rope in his room at Odenigwe, Nsukka.
According to Premium Times, a neighbour close to the family said the deceased left a note behind where he apologised to his family.
The neighbour, who did not want to be named, quoted the note as stating: “Mother, Father, brother, I’m sorry. Ify, may your children never suffer. Uncle Mathias, you gave me all. I am sorry. Death calls. Linguistic department, I am sorry. Okeke Tobechukwu S. 2012/185649.”
One of the deceased’s colleagues, who also did not want to be named, said he was given an electrical wiring job to do at the Department of Linguistics in the university, because of his expertise in electrical works.
“I saw him this (Sunday) morning, he seemed to have a problem which he needed money to solve,” the colleague added.
Uju Umo, the university’s Dean of Student Affairs, confirmed the incident but added that the family had not officially informed the institution.
“I travelled for a burial last weekend and yesterday I got a text message saying a student had committed suicide,” said Mrs. Umo, a professor.
“It happened at Odenigwe, one of the host communities outside the school and I was told he left a suicide note apologising to his fellow gamblers.”
Chukwu Emmanuel, the university’s Student Union President, also confirmed the incident, and said the matter was being investigated.
“There’s no concrete details for now,” he added.
People close to the deceased described him as a comedian who always used jokes to awake sleeping students during night classes.
“He used to go around to classes at night to crack jokes and encourage students to forget their worries and focus,” a friend told revealed.
The cause of Mr. Okeke’s death is yet to be ascertained. Some of his neighbours said he was in debt, some said he was tired of schooling, others attributed his suicide to the loss of money in a network business he invested into.
His last Facebook posts showed he had been involved in the controversial investment scheme known as Mavrodi Mondial Movement (MMM), as he used his account to advertise the scheme.
His penultimate post, in September, read: “MMM is enriching lives of millions of Nigerians everyday. If you care to join or you have any questions please send me a message or comment below.”
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