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Police avert another suicide, rescue woman from jumping into lagoon



  • Food vendor pulled out of water after failed suicide bid


Barely a week after Dr. Orji Allwell Chiawolomake committed suicide, three policemen attached to the Lagos State Police Command yesterday rescued a woman, Taiwo Titilayo Momoh, who attempted jumping into the Lagoon from Third Mainland Bridge.

This was even as police said it was now an offence for individuals to walk on bridges in the state, adding that no vehicle would be allowed to stop on any bridge in the state henceforth in order to prevent suicide incidents.

Saturday Telegraph also learnt that Momoh was rescued shortly after another woman, Mrs. Abigael Ogunyinka, was rescued by fishermen in Lagos Lagoon yesterday. It was gathered that the woman was sighted on the bridge near Ilubirin gazing into the Lagoon, muttering some words and putting off her jewellery before the police officers on patrol in the area were alerted. She was prevented from taking her life about 11.25am by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the state’s Police Command.

It was also learnt that Momoh, a textile dealer in Lagos Island, was in a taxi heading towards Oworonshoki on the Third Mainland Bridge when she told the taxi driver to stop on the bridge.

Narrating her ordeal, when she was brought to RRS Headquarters in Alausa by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, the 58-year-old lady, who lives in Lekki area of Lagos, said she was pushed to committing suicide in order to put an end to her constant sleeplessness and shameful lifestyle occasioned by her indebtedness to three Swiss textile dealers.

According to her, her problem started sometimes in 2015, when a Bureau De Change dealer carted away her N18.7 million she wanted to change to pay her foreign creditors. She added that the creditors had given her Swiss textiles worth millions of naira, noting that she has maintained good relationship with the creditors for more than 15 years.

The textile dealer, however, added that her condition became compounded when robbers invaded her shop on Lagos Island carting away most of the textiles that was left with her.

Momoh, a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), said on many occasions, she had attempted to see her Parish Pastor to identify with her problem and for the church to help her raise money to meet her Swiss Creditors in order to assure them that she would pay their money.

She noted that she was only allowed to see the second in command, which has yielded no fruits. Amidst tears, she stated further: “My first son, whom I felt would stand by me and console me abandoned me. By the time I’m gone, maybe he would come around and inherit what is left.

” She said she opted for suicide in order to prevent anyone from carrying the burden of problems, saying: “I don’t want to use my debt and death to disturb anybody. I was in the shop this morning.

”I have looked everywhere and estimated what is there. “I think, with my house, a bungalow, those I am leaving behind can still live comfortably. I want to go and meet God. This world is empty.

I was a Muslim. I have because of this problem been jumping from one faith to the other. The problem is too much for me to bear. I want to go back to God. That is why I have dressed very simply. I am ready to meet Him. If He cannot address my problem on earth, let me go back to Him.”

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Lagos distributes 12 coconut processing equipment to councils



Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Coconut Development Authority (LASCODA) has distributed coconut processing equipment to coconut processors in 12 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the state as part of its empowerment programme in the coconut value chain. Special Adviser to the Governor on Food Security, Mr. Okanlawon Sanni who distributed the coconut processing equipment to beneficiaries disclosed that the state had shown commitment in boosting food security in the state, stressing that government had included coconut processors in its agricultural development programme with a view to developing the state’s coconut value chain.

Sanni noted that the 12 units of coconut processing equipment donated to coconut processors in the state included, Stainless two ton per hour coconut greater, 7.5 H.P Electric motor, Industrial burners, Aluminium bowls and spoon amongst others.

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau who also spoke at the event noted that the empowerment program for the coconut processors cut across processors from Badagry, Kosofe, Ori-Ade, Oto Awori, Ibeju- Lekki, Epe, Ojo, Surulere , Ikorodu,Lekki Agege and Alimosho LGAs & LCDAs. While congratulating the beneficiaries, Suarau opined that coconut value chain has a lot of potentials that can be harnessed which can impact positively on the GDP of the country.

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Employee sues CIG motors over alleged termination of appointment



A former staff of CIG Motors Company Limited, Akeem Adebiyi Adeyemi, has filed a N1.062 million suit before the National Industrial Court (NIC), Lagos Division, against the management of the company over an alleged wrongful termination of appointment. In the suit, reference NICN/LA/35/2018 filed through his lawyers, Olawale Fapohunda, the claimant is seeking a declaration that the purported termination of his employment with the defendant through a letter dated August 31, 2017 based on protest against certain racial comments by the chairperson of the company, Mrs Chen Xuixia is illegal, malicious and wrongful.

The claimant sought the court’s declaration that the defendant breached his right to freedom from discrimination as provided for under Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and Federal law of Nigeria, Cap C23 LFN 2004.

He asked the court to declare that the deliberate refusal of the defendant to remit his pension contribution from April 2017 to August 2017 was unlawful and a violation of the provisions of the Pension Reforms Act 2014 and that the refusal of the defendant to remit the Personal Income Tax monthly deduction made from him to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service was unlawful and a violation of the provisions of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 LFN 2004.

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Catholic Church rejoins CAN



Barely five years after the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria pulled out of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the church has announced its return to the umbrella organisation of Christians in the country. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria(CBCN) had, in a letter dated September 24, 2012, announced its withdrawal from the organisation. Although the letter was not explicit on the reasons for the action, many believed it was due to some disagreements.

The re-union which reportedly took place at the weekend, saw a delegation of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, led by Rev. Fr. (Prof.) Cornelius Omonokhua, attending an expanded two-day National Executive Committee meeting of CAN for the amendment of its constitution. President of CAN, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, expressed delight at the new development, describing it as one of the best things that has happened to CAN in recent times.

In a statement issued by Adebayo Oladeji, his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Ayokunle said bringing the Catholic brethren back to the fold was part of his vision for CAN. “I must acknowledge the support and understanding of my brother in Christ, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and his team.”

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