Source:| Genevieve Egbunno, Nigeria

A level 400 student of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Chukwuemeka Akachi, on Monday allegedly committed suicide. Akachi, a 21 year old first class student, before his death, was a writer and Editor of the university literary journal, The Muse.

According to Otosirieze Obi-Young’s account on Facebook, he had known Akachi for years and had a physical meeting with him after reading one of his Facebook posts in April and got to find out that he was battling with depression.

According to him Akachi sent him a message on facebook saying “you said I should tell you when I want to go, okay, I want to go”. At that instant he called Akachi who did not disclose his whereabout to him but hung up.

Otosirieze continued that he went around in the boy’s hostel looking for him after he did not find him in his room. He later gathered from one Mary that Akachi said he was in the tower, behind the UBA building, green house, UNN.

He continued, “I reached there as Neke was arriving with a taxi. Together we shouted his name, climbed the stairs, calling his name and searching for him. Minutes later, we heard him screaming. Four or five screams. We followed them. As we ran down the stairs, we felt a fear we hadn’t known before. We did not know what we would see. We found him in a state I cannot say in public. Neke saw the two bottles of Sniper. She helped me lift him onto my back. Her courage is inspiring. We found our way out to the taxi. We brought him to the Medical Centre. Around 9:19 a.m”

It was further learnt that he was later moved to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, where he was confirmed dead at about 9:35 pm by doctors on duty after they had put him on oxygen and tried to make him stable.

Akachi posted a suicide note on his Facebook wall shortly before he committed suicide, as follows:

“Forgive me. In case you are the one who found the body, I am really sorry. It had to be someone you know.

“I have chosen Jo Nketaih’s poem as my suicide note: “They said you came looking for me. I don’t drown, I was the water,

“Where do atheists go when they die! Lol. Amen.”

Also, Akachi had posted on his Facebook wall on May 12 that “My mental health has been on life support for a while now. Thanks to those who call. Text. Visit. Speak to me. May we always remember. May we never forget. You May have added a few hours, months or days to my time here. But you know life support is expensive right? “Thank you for trying. Amen.”

Sources said that a senior security personnel in UNN Security Department, who pleaded anonymity, also confirmed the incident, adding that the report was brought to them on Monday morning. He said this was not the first time Akachi wanted to commit suicide, adding that on two occasions, he had drunk kerosene and petrol to kill himself but was rescued. But on Monday he drank Sniper and was rushed to UNN Medical Centre first, but was later moved to UNTH Enugu, where he was confirmed dead.

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