There was outrage yesterday on social media after a young man whose name was added to a “list of rapists” on Twitter committed suicide.
This was disclosed by one of his friends, Nnamdi Anekwe-Chive, a security strategist and consultant, who said Izu Mmadubueze took his life because he was wrongly accused.
“I just received a very troubling phone call in respect of Izu Mmadubueze. He is a relation of mine, who lived alone in Florida, USA. It has been confirmed that Izu from Umueze Anam, Anambra State, apparently committed suicide owing to false accusations of rape by this lady and her friends,” he wrote on Twitter.
A Twitter user (@nanichianese) had earlier published names of men whom she accused of being sexual abusers. “I have heard some folks ask for a compounded list of abusers to avoid for safety purposes. I will add to this thread as I find out more names.” she wrote.
Izu’s name was on the list, and on reaching out to the woman to clear his name, the identity of his accuser was not revealed to him. On digging further, he was told the nature of his harassment was not physical, but she won’t be revealing any further details.
Izu then asked 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.”
On July 17,Izu wrote this on Twitter: “Oh and if you’re reading this, I’m dead lol.”
The creator of the said list has since deactivated her account amid suggestions that she had made advances at Izu in the past but was rejected.
Izu’s death has provoked outrage on social media with users demanding justice with the hashtag #JusticeForIzu.
Oscar Romero wrote: “Every time we take a step forward in this issue of rape, there are always those that take us three steps backwards. How can we be fighting to create a safe space for victims to voice out and there are others weaponizing rape in a false manner to get back at others?”
Oluwafunmilayo wrote: “Women who falsely accuse men of sexual crimes should have to register as sex offenders and serve a mandatory jail term. False rape allegations should be taken seriously too. Nobody should ever suffer from this. It is becoming too much.”
@Uncle_clique, wrote: “Accusing someone falsely of rape knowing it would ruin their reputation and everything they have worked for, including their life, is pure evil. If your best comeback against someone is to accuse them falsely, then you are weak, wicked and beyond redemption.”