One Chibuzor Awobi, a civil servant based in Nekede, Imo State, allegedly committed suicide by drinking poisonous substances.
It was gathered that Awobi, 36, was until his death, a staff of the State Ministry of Internal Resources and Pensions.
He was said to have died because the parents and brothers of his fiancée, one Chioma Agukpaha from Ihitte Emeabiam community of the state refused him from marrying her.
Awobi was said to have invested a huge amount of money and energy into the relationship with the girl.
Information also revealed that the deceased was responsible for the university education of the lady and helped her secure a job at a bank in Owerri, the state capital.
However, trouble started when Awobi went to Chioma’s family to tell them that he was coming to marry their daughter. The family initially refused him from coming to marry her, but upon his insistence, they allowed him and his people to perform the traditional marriage rites.
The traditional wedding was fixed to hold on December 28, 2014 while the church wedding was fixed for January 3, 2015 at the Emmanuel Anglican Church Nekede. But three days to the event, precisely on December 24, Chioma was kidnapped and later released on December 29, a development that led to the cancellation of the wedding.
He was said to have arrested the mastermind of his fiancée’s kidnap who is also her relative, but two days later, his prospective in-laws told him that they had changed their mind and would now support him to marry their daughter only on the condition that he must release the kidnap suspect from the police custody, a request he gladly accepted by ensuring the bail of the suspect from the police.
However, the situation changed again after the release of the suspect, when Chioma’s brothers told him that they were not ready to be his in-law and that he should forget about the marriage.
Following this development, Awobi was said to have become emotionally depressed. He was said to have called Chioma on Friday night to forget about the marriage as her people had said and wished they had married.
He was said to have begun the plot to commit suicide within the compound by drinking a substance.
However, a family source was reported to have disclosed that the deceased never committed suicide but slumped as a result of heart break. He was rushed to the hospital and was confirmed dead.
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