Babcock University graduate commits suicide after killing his girlfriend in Canada (Photos)

Essozinam “Martine” Assali

Police say Essozinam Assali, 27, was killed by her boyfriend in a murder-suicide at a North York condo earlier this month. A shocked friend said he was planning to propose

A 30-year-old Nigerian man identified as “Onoseta Oribhabor”, has reportedly killed himself after murdering his 27-year-old girlfriend, Essozinam “Martine” Assali, in Toronto, Canada.

It was gathered that the police were called to a condo building in the north end of the city, on March 6, and found Oribhabor dead on a balcony. After a further search, they found a woman inside a unit with obvious signs of trauma.

She was treated for injuries, but ultimately died. Oribhabor graduated from Babcock University, Ogun State, before leaving for Canada. Police characterize the case as a murder-suicide.

Friends and family expressed their shock at the couple’s death.

“The last time I saw them was in December at a wedding,” said Chuks Andrew Okeleke, a childhood friend of Oribhabor who studied with him in Nigeria. “They seemed happy and they were dancing. He told me that he was planning on proposing to her.”

Okeleke said Oribhabor immigrated to Canada in 2013, and later helped him settle in the country, reports Toronto Star.

“Oribhabor was working in Alberta and visited his girlfriend in Toronto often. They met in the city at an event they both attended,” Okeleke said, adding that the condo belonged to Assali.

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Okeleke contacted The Star after Oribhabor’s parents called from Nigeria to say they hadn’t heard from their son in more than a week.

“They still don’t know they are dead,” Okeleke said.

A condolence website has been opened for Essozinam “Martine” Assali.

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