By Andrew Ojih
Leadership, Saturday, March 30, 2013
One week after the death of a Nigerian medical doctor alleged to have committed suicide at the Cairo International Airport, the family of Dr. Orseer Nev are yet to come to terms with his death, ruling out suicide. ANDREW OJIH, spoke with them in Jalingo.
The family of Dr. Orseer Orkuma Nev, son of the immediate past Permanent Secretary, Government House, Jalingo, Mr. Dennis Orkuma Nev, said they were still in shock over the mysterious death of Dr. Nev, the Nigerian doctor that was allegedly said to have committed suicide at the Cairo International Airport last week.
Wife of the deceased Dr. (Mrs) Ejiro O. Nev told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY yesterday in Jalingo that she was still in shock over the death of her husband.
“I was shocked to hear that my husband committed suicide few hours after we spoke.
“I don’t believe the report. My husband is a gentleman that is not in any form of drug or substance abuse. He doesn’t smoke or take alcohol. So, what would make him commit suicide?
“He had enough money on him. He told me he bought things for us and I even sent additional N80, 000 to him a few days to his departure. He only withdrew N37, 000 out of the money, so I don’t believe the report that he was facing financial troubles and was asking people for money to enable him get to Abuja,” she lamented.
In his reaction, Mr. Samuel Chiahemba Nev, uncle to late Dr. Nev who was highly emotional described the passing on of Dr. Nev as ‘shocking and heart breaking.’
“We received the news with shock, but we have taken solace in the fact that God has given and God has taken. Right now we are in touch with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigeria Embassy in Egypt to bring the corpse home for burial.”
His colleagues at the State Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, where he worked declined to comment, saying the Chief Medical Director is the right person to comment. But when LEADERSHIP SUNDAY visited the CMD’s office, he was not available and several calls to his phone were not answered.
The condolence register at the family house in Jalingo which was almost exhausted at the time of filling this report had some of these comments; ‘A painful exit, adieu Dr. Orseer’, ‘A gentleman who does not hurt even a fly RIP’, ‘Gone too soon, may God grant you eternal rest’, among others.
Born to the family of Orkuma Nev Barkih in 1984 as a second child in the family of five, Dr. Nev started his primary education in Aliyu Mustapha International School, Yola, Adamawa State.
When his father was deployed to Taraba State when it was created in 1991, he was also transferred to New Era Nursery and Primary School, Jalingo, Taraba State where he graduated in 1996 with First School Leaving Certificate.
After graduating from the primary school in 1996, he got admission into the Government Day Secondary School, Nukkai, Jalingo for his JSS1 to JSS 3. Because of his bias in Science, he was transferred to Government Science Secondary School also in Jalingo where he completed his secondary education, in 2001. He then proceeded to the University of Jos in 2003 where he studied Medicine and Surgery and qualified in 2009 as a Medical Doctor.
He was reported to have committed suicide at the Cairo International Airport in the early hours of Friday, March 22 by an online newspaper, Al Ahram News.