46-year-old Nigerian ‘mysteriously’ dies in Scotland 

•mourning eldest brother slumps, dies in Imo

Security and health experts in Glasgow, Scotland are battling to unravel the mystery surrounding the sudden death of a young Nigerian businessman, John Oguchukwu, on May 10 2023.

John, owner of JP Stores Glasgow, whose 46th birthday anniversary was billed to take place on August 28 died in his sleep some hours after he returned from normal work.

Efforts by his wife, Paulene Oguchukwu, to wake him failed as the deceased did not respond to his usual telephone alarm. She subsequently discovered that her chubby husband was breathless.

Amidst the confusion, Paulene was said to have alerted John’s elder Brother, Uchenna when effort by the Emergency Medical Team in Glasgow yielded no result, having failed to revive him.

The wife disclosed that though her husband had an appointment to see his medical doctor at day break, he never had any sign of failing health.

According to her, John had executed his normal daily activities before he returned early in the morning on that fateful day.

An autopsy was conducted on the deceased at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital May 23 2023 but surprisingly, the cause of John’s  death was uncertain.

Certifying this position, Doctor Ming Han Lim ordered further investigation on John’s body fluid, the result of which sources say could be released in six months time.

The Nigerian Federal ministry of health on June 5 granted permission allowing the remains to be flown back home .

The Health Ministry relied on the assurances by James Down (in charge of the embalmment) on May 24, 2023 that the young John’s body does not pose any risk.

John, who was awarded Master of Arts and Science (Msc.) in Business and Management by the University of Glasgow on 13 June 2014, left two daughters: Jessica and Holy as well as a 15-year-old son from a lady-friend of Anambra State origin who also resides abroad.

Amidst the disturbing incident, when the remains of the young man who is fondly called the ‘pet Brother’ of the Family arrived Nigeria June 10 2023, the eldest sibling, Mathew Uwakwe, collapsed and died in a nearby village.

Sources close to the family alleged that Mathew could not bear the reality of the death of their “pet Brother” who unfortunately died at his prime.

Some family members at home who could not come to terms with the uncommon development had insisted that John was in coma and would wake, only for Mathew to hear that John’s corpse had already arrived in Lagos.

A particular source further disclosed that though  ‘Dee Mathew was sick,”we did not know who informed him that the late John’s body had been brought to Lagos and was billed to arrive Imo state, their home state, the following day.”

Mathew, who was said to have gone out of his house to recharge his telephone so that he could be abreast with the details of the unfolding developments, suddenly slumped and died while he waited for the unstable power supply in the village to be restored.

Meanwhile, shocked friends and well-wishers of the Ugochukwus across Nigeria and beyond have thrown their weight behind the bereaved family.

A call engineered by former Eze Ndi Igbo in Italy, Chief Clement Maduneme, Uruaku of Uruala and the Ex-President of Anglophone Catholic Community, Padova, Chief Ferdinand Obiapuna sparked up a sustained support.

Erudite African Author and former Senior Correspondent of BusinessDay Newspaper, Abuja, Nnorom Oguchukwu expressed sadness, adding that he is short of words.

In a telephone call, he hinted that the funeral is being organized for their beloved Brothers, Mathew and John next Friday, July 28 2023 in their Isunjaba home town in Imo state.

(Tribune)