Authorities at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, have
confirmed the death of a final year student who reportedly
A final year student of agricultural engineering at the
University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who is also reported to be a
participant of the Mavrodi Mondial Movement investment
scheme (MMM), has committed suicide.
Premium Times reports the student, identified as
Tobechukwu Okeke was found on Sunday morning,
November 27, dangling from a rope in his room at
Odenigwe, a community in Nsukka, Enugu state.
The deceased was said to have left a note behind where he
apologised to his family, according to accounts by a
neighbor close to the family.
The contents of the note read:
“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,” the neighbour, who did not want to be
Though the cause of Mr. Okeke’s death is yet to be
ascertained, some of his neighbours suggested that 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.
The deceased’s last Facebook posts showed he had been
involved in the controversial MMM scheme as he used his
account to advertise the scheme.
His last 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
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
The university authorities have also confirmed the incident,
but said the family had not officially informed the institution.
Uju Umo, the university’s dean of student affairs said: “I
travelled for a burial last weekend and yesterday I got a text
message saying a student had committed suicide.”
“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.”
Similarly, 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
“He used to go around to classes at night to crack jokes and
encourage students to forget their worries and focus,” a
friend told Premium Times.