Residents of Wole Madariola Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos have been asking questions about what pushed Chidike Oyeka, a graduate of Madonna University, Anambra, to stab himself repeatedly thereby taking his own life as a result of unemployment in Nigeria.
This happened on the 19th of April 2013. Reporters, who visited his parents’ home where the incident occurred, learnt that the victim recently concluded his National Youth Service Corps programme.
A relative, who wished to remain anonymous, said the 25-year-old had been depressed for some time.
She said, “He did his NYSC in Delta State and only returned in February. Upon returning, he started to act strangely and we noticed that he was no longer sociable. Most times he would sit at a corner by himself and when we asked him what was wrong, he would say he was not happy.
He was taken to the hospital, but when doctors couldn’t find anything physically wrong with him, he was brought back home.
Another relative who begged anonymity said his depression was caused by lack of employment after graduation.
Chidike reported stabbed himself in his stomach three times, that fateful evening after everyone had gone to sleep. He was found on the kitchen floor in a pool of his own blood