Nigerian entrepreneur shot himself over rape allegation – US police

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, United States, has said a Nigerian entrepreneur, Izuchukwu Madubueze (aka Izu), shot himself dead in a suspected case of suicide over an allegation of sexual assault.

Twitter influencer and self-acclaimed female rights activist, Nanichi Anese, had on June 29, 2020, tagged the 23-year-old as a sexual offender.

The creative designer was said to have been bombarded by calls from his friends, who queried him about the allegation.

Izu then contacted Anese, whom he claimed to be a friend, to get the details of his accusers.

However, she said she had sworn to protect the ladies, just as she also claimed that the women declined his request to speak to them.

Izu, in a series of tweets, expressed frustration over the matter, insisting he had never abused any lady in his life.

“I am still pretty clueless as to who this is, so if you feel comfortable enough, please feel free to reach out to me so I can understand wherever I went wrong and make amends and do better overall,” he tweeted.

The Anambra State indigene later tweeted through Crowdfire app on July 17 that he had killed himself.

Crowdfire app allows users to schedule their posts.

Punch Metro contacted the Tampa Police Department for confirmation of the suicide, and was referred to the police spokesperson, who said the matter was not handled by the department.

The officer, who did not identify himself, however, said there was a case of “shooting” which was handled by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

He noted that the incident happened outside the main city.

An official in the Sheriff’s Office told Punch correspondent that she was not authorised to share information on the telephone.

The Public Information Office of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, in response to an email from Punch correspondent, said Izu shot himself on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

“Izuchukwu Madubueze was the victim of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 16, 2020. The case is open and active and no further information will be provided at this time,” Deputy Travis Sibley, a spokesman for the office said.

A friend of the deceased, Nelson Greyhood, confirmed the police statement to Punch correspondent, adding that the King’s College alumnus was devastated by the allegation against him.

Izu’s family, in a statement on Wednesday, expressed sadness at the death, describing it as shocking.

The family said the unproven allegation of sexual abuse damaged the reputation of the victim and his company, Uhuru Designz.

Punch Metro, however, noted that Anese, who had early deactivated her account, returned to the social media on Tuesday.

She insisted that she only accused the deceased of harassment.

Punch correspondent observed that Izu was among more than 100 names compiled by Anese on her timeline.

She also added the men’s details and warned her followers to avoid them “for safety purposes.”

Anese identified Izu as an alumnus of the University of South Florida, the main audience of her tweets.

Meanwhile, a petition calling for her arrest and prosecution on change.org, which started on Monday, has been signed by 34,845 people as of 5.30pm on Wednesday.

 

 

 

– Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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