Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, and his men on Friday made a 64-year-old woman, who attempted to kill herself by jumping into the lagoon on Carter Bridge, to weep for job.
The woman, Mrs. Abigail Ogunyinka, a food vendor, residing at the Alakuko area of the metropolis, came to Carter Bridge and dived into the lagoon she owed a micro-finance bank N150,000 and couldn’t refund the loan.
According to her, the bank had been threatening and giving her sleepless nights. Ogunyinka, who is childless, has a husband; the man has been suffering from stroke for four months.
The woman has been shouldering the family responsibility alone. On the fateful day she left Alakuko, heading to Carter Bridge to kill herself, she went with her maid. At a point, she told the girl to go back home.
The girl, who told journalists that she refused to leave because she knew Ogunyinka’s state of mind and her constant threat to kill herself because she was tired of struggling.
When Ogunyinka tried to jump, the maid grabbed and held onto her. The old woman struggled valiantly and disengaged herself from the girl’s grasp. During the struggle, her maid screamed, alerting fishermen.
Immediately Ogunyinka went into the lagoon, fishermen rushed and rescued her. She was handed over to the police.
At the police command, she told policemen her story.
Many eyes got wet and soon, the policemen started contributing money for her.
When Owoseni finally came to interview her, his heart also broke after he heard her story. He joined his men in contributing money. Owoseni went a step further. He bought foodstuffs for Ogunyinka.
The woman explained that she collected the money from the bank in two installments.
She couldn’t pay because of her husband’s challenge, which was milking her dry. It was gathered that Ogunyinka once made an attempt to take her life before Friday.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Oladehinde Famous-Cole, yesterday revealed that after the policemen heard her story, they contributed money for her.