The University of Nigeria, Nsukka woke this morning to a most grizzly sight. A young undergraduate- who was identified as Onyebuchi Okonkwo- a 300-Level student of Physics and Astronomy and resident in the famous Franco Hostel hanged himself in a dilapidated structure close to the Franco football pitch on Campus.
This suicide comes on the heels of last week’s double suicide- first in in Ebonyi State University where 400 Level undergraduate, Mr Michael Onwe died tragically in his room at number 16 Ibe Street Abakaliki and then of Osun state polytechnic graduate- Muili Amoulate
The students of UNN woke up to the appalling scene- shocked beyond their wits as this act is assumed to be pretty unpopular among the Igbo race or Nigerians for that matter. The crowd of students who gathered around the body- still hanging by the time Cruise Nigeria got to the scene- kept asking why a young man would do such a thing to himself.
Cruise Nigeria was able to identify what looked like a suicide note lying adjacent to the hanging body- and it read simply, “The controversy is over”.
Further inquiry from yours sincerely suggests that the lad took his life around 12 midnight or thereabout as some students claim to have seen him leaving the hostel at about that time.
“We thought he was going for night class… It was only this morning that we came out to confirm what he was doing there”
The numbness among the students gathered around the body has been upsetting, to say the least and has highlighted the very thin line between frustration and death!
Out of respect for the Okonkwo family, Cruise Nigeria has deliberately expunged other pictures in this article.
By Obinna Odenigbo