University student commits suicide on campus

A third year Physics/Astronomy undergraduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Onyebuchi Okonkwo, was found dead early Thursday morning at an uncompleted building located beside the hockey pitch in the school.

He is believed to have committed suicide as his lifeless body was found dangling on a rope suspended from a height.

Some blocks suspected to have been used as stepping stones to facilitate the climb into the noose used for the suicide were found a few inches beneath the deceased legs. Close to the blocks was a purported suicide note that read, “The controversy is over”.

Body of Mr Okonkwo hangingThe reason the deceased student took his own life is yet unknown. His former roommates said Mr. Okonkwo, a prospective First Class graduate, who was also the Physics/Astronomy Class representative, left his accommodation in the hostel at about 2 a.m. to an unknown destination.

“When he left the room, we thought he was going to the classroom to read, but we were surprised to see his corpse dangling from the roof of the building this morning,” one of the roommates, who pleaded anonymity, told our reporter on the telephone.

The deceased, who is in his early 20s, was reportedly on scholarship at the institution. He reportedly had a mental illness some time last year and was hospitalised at the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital for over a month before being allowed to return to school.

The communications secretary to the Vice Chancellor, Gabriel Ndu, did not answer his calls when our reported tried to get the school authority to react to the incident.

After questions were sent to him via SMS, Mr. Ndu switched off his telephone.

A lady, who initially answered calls to the Vice-Chancellor’s telephone line and promised to make inquiries on the incident, also did not revert. She didn’t answer subsequent calls to the same line.


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