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19-year-old undergraduate of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Verishima Unokyur, committed suicide in his parent’s home in Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

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The 200-level Social Work student had on Tuesday sent a text message to his best friend, welcoming him into the New Year. “See you in heaven,” he reportedly said at the end of the message. 

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The Benue State indigene committed suicide between that time and Wednesday when his corpse was discovered, by hanging himself with his tie. His immediate younger brother, Asor, was reportedly asleep at the time.

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Asor said their mother was also away, adding that his brother never showed any sign that he would commit suicide. He said, “He didn’t complain about anything. But I remember that before I went to sleep, he was quiet.

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I asked what was wrong with him, but he said nothing. My mum had just the two of us; he was my elder brother.” The heartbroken mother, said sadly, ‘‘Why would my dear son commit suicide?

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He cannot do that. I know him. He was manipulated and God will fight for us. I will forever love my son. I know he was too reserved. I forced him to talk to me. 

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I asked him if he was facing any threats anywhere or he didn’t like the school he was attending but he said no.”

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The deceased’s mother is a widow who has not remarried since the demise of her husband about 15 years ago but dedicates her time to the care of her two boys.

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A source close to the family said: “Their mother gave up everything for the joy and comfort of her boys after the death of their father. She ensured that the boys lacked nothing. 

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One would think Verishima was the son of a king because there was nothing he needed that he did not get. She also gave them attention, always ready to talk with them to know what was worrying them at anytime.”

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