Eagle eyed fishermen reportedly rescued a woman who tried to take her life by jumping into the Lagos Lagoon over unpaid debt.
According to Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, the aged woman identified as Abigail Ogunyinka who sells Amala at the Alakuko area of Lagos said she took a loan of N150, 000 (One hundred and fifty thousand) from a Microfinance Bank and has been unable to gather money to repay the loan two weeks after her deadline to refund the money expired.
Her inability to repay the sum she borrowed and the fear that she may be harassed by the Microfinance Bank according to the CP forced her to seek the option of taking her life by attempting to jump into the Ebute Ero end of the Lagos Lagoon.
The aged woman was rescued after a maid who she lived with raised an alarm when she attempted to jump into the Lagoon.
When asked why she came along with her maid to the scene where she attempted to take her own life, the aged woman said; “I decided to come with my maid so that when I successfully take my life, she would be able to narrate the story of my death to members of my family”.
The Lagos CP however said a test to ascertain the mental state of Mrs. Abigail will be conducted at the Police Hospital and subsequently she’ll be referred to a psychologist to ascertain if she was just trying to gain attention for herself.
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