- 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.”