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Police still investigating COE student suicide

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  • friends suspect frustration, mental illness

By O’star Eze

The Anambra State Police Command is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the suspected suicide of one Philips Chinedu, a student of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Orient Daily reports.

According to the police public relations officer, Haruna Mohammed, the body of the 29-year-old, a native of Eziowelle in Idemili North local government area, was found hanging from the ceiling fan hook of his off-campus apartment in the Peace and Unity Lodge, Nsugbe. The discovery was made by his roommate, Obinna Joseph, who reported the incident to the police.

Orient Daily investigation revealed that the deceased may have committed suicide out of frustration.

According to a close associate of the deceased, who spoke on the basis of anonymity, late Chinedu was a mentally deranged young man who had been finding it difficult to graduate from school.

The source said that he may have died out of frustration given that he had been complaining that his family members had abandoned him in the school.

“I knew Chinedu. I think he was a mentally disturbed person because of the way he acts. He has spent more than six years in school and I am not sure he is eligible for graduation.

“I think he committed suicide out of frustration given that he was known to have always complained that his parents and other family members had abandoned him, having given up hope on him,” he said.

Orient Daily further gathered that the deceased was a student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, studying Mathematics when he broke down with the mental illness and was withdrawn from school by his parents.

According to the source, he was enrolled in Nwafor Orizu College of Education to study Mathematics/Education when he showed signs of improvement in his health. Late Chinedu, however, broke down again with the mental illness which probably led to his suicide.

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