Creative designer commits suicide over rape allegation

468, Izuchukwu Mmadubueze

A Nigerian based in United States, Izuchukwu Mmadubueze, fondly called Izu has ended his own life after being accused of rape.

Izu, a creative designer and founder of Uhuru Designz, was a resident of Tampa in Florida. He reportedly relocated to the US some years back.

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His journey to the world beyond started after a lady dropped a list of alleged rapists online including his name.

He was said to have persistently reached out to her to reveal the identity of his so-called victim so as to clear his name but the accuser was adamant only to say the abuse was not physical but emotional.

Izu then penned a note asking her to extend his sincere apology to the victim for any form of harassment he could have put her through “though he was still shocked at the accusation.”

Izu would later take his life.

His last tweet on July 17, read: “Oh and if you’re reading this, I’m dead lol.”

The curator of the said list has since deactivated her account amid reports that she had made advances at Izu in the past but was rejected.

Izu’s death has provoked outrage on Twitter with users demanding justice with the hashtag #JusticeForIzu. Social media users have called for tough punishment for people who falsely accuse others of rape or sexual harassment to curb the trend of ‘weaponising’ rape.

The deceased graduated from King’s College, Lagos, in 2013, before getting a scholarship to study at the University of Florida.

The King’s College Old Boys’ Association confirmed his death on its Twitter page.

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