His 'troubles' swallowed him whole and sniffed life out of him.
For the past few years, Tobechukwu was a student of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The Odenigwe community woke up On Sunday, 27th of November with one life, less. Tobechukwu was found hanging by a rope in his room, neck contorted at an awkward angle, dead.
According to a source close to the family, Tobechukwu left a note which read:
"Father, mother, brother, I'm sorry. Ify, may your children never suffer. Uncle Mathias, you gave me all, I'm sorry. Death calls. Linguistic Department, I'm sorry. Okeke Tobechukwu 2012/185649"
One of his colleagues who would rather not be named, said Tobechukwu was famous for his incredible skill in electrical wiring. He had just been given a job to do at the Department of Linguistics at the University.
“I saw him this (Sunday) morning, he seemed to have a problem which he needed money to solve,” the colleague added.
His University's Dean of Student Affairs, Uju Umo, told Premium Times:
“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."
Clearly, Tobechukwu had a gambling problem. Another one of his colleagues told Premium Times:
“The guy is an ardent gambler. He comes to British Lodge to gamble. He borrows money to gamble. And he has borrowed a lot of money just to gamble."
His last post on Facebook was about MMM:
“MMM is enriching lives of millions of Nigerians every day. If you care to join or you have any questions please send me a message or comment below.”