On January 3, 2017, just freshly into the New Year, The family of Babcock University’s Verishima Unokyur woke up to the shocking discovery of the dangling stone-dead body of their son and brother, in their home at Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos, in what appeared to be a suicide act.
19 year old Verishima was a student of Social Work at Babcock University until his suicide on Tuesday 3rd of January 2017. According to Punch, he sent a New Year message to his friend that ended with “See you in Heaven”.
Asor, his younger brother, was the one who found his body around 7am that morning. He said:
“I was sleeping when my phone rang and when I checked, I saw that it was my mum calling. She said I should come and open the door for her. As I was coming down, I saw my brother dangling like a pendulum from where he hanged himself. That was around 7am.”
A night to the incident, he is reported to have texted his friend, a farewell text of some sorts. A close family friend said:
“A night to the day of this incident, the boy picked his phone and sent a text message to his best friend, wishing him a happy new year. At the end of that message, he wrote, ‘see you in heaven’. It was the following morning that his remains were found dangling from his tie.”
Such a sad tale, indeed. RIP to him.