A 26-year-old National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member, identified as Ernest has committed suicide because his girlfriend had found another man that will marry her after her service.
Reports indicated that the young man whose name was given simply as Ernest, was in love with the female corper , Chioma Okewuru but was violently shaken when Chioma returned from her village over the weekend with a ring from a man she had promised to marry.
Ernest, who is from Edo State and a graduate of the University of Benin, was posted to Cross River State in October, where he met and fell in love with Chioma, and both were serving in Redemption Secondary School, Ofombogha 1 in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State.
Acting Divisional Police Officer for Obubra, Noah Ntuen said: “the girl had told the guy that she would not marry him, but that they could be friends. So when she came back from home last weekend and showed him the ring her husband-to-be gave her, the young man became furious.
“On Wednesday, the situation became worse and at about 7pm, he locked himself in the room and took some poisonous substances.”
One of the teachers in the school where both were teaching said: “they met at the NYSC Orientation Camp at Abrekpe-Ebokpo and as luck would have it, they were both posted to the same school where they had a relationship going.
“He had the hope the whole thing would end in marriage, but Chioma already had another person she wants to marry.”
Ntuen said the body of the deceased has been deposited in the mortuary of Obubra General Hospital, while Chioma is with the police, where investigations on the circumstances surrounding the tragic death are in progress. [myad]