The Lagos State Police Command has foiled the attempt of a 45-year-old-man to jump into the Lagoon over a debt of N500,000.
According to a release, signed by SP Bala Elkana, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State and made available to Reporters At Large on Sunday, Police operatives deployed to the third mainland On on July 31, 2020, at about 1350 hours, intercepted one Adeyinka Abiodun ‘m’ 45 years-old of Abaranje road, Ikotun, attempting to jump into the lagoon.
He was rescued and taken to Bariga Police Station for questioning and debriefing.
Abiodun told the Police that, in March 2020 he procured a loan of N390,000 with a monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N142,287:25 from a microfinance bank in Lagos Island.
The loan, according to him, was collected with the intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money lost.
Abiodun, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a masters degree in business administration, is married with two children.
He is currently attending medical and counselling sessions.
The microfinance bank, when contacted, confirmed the loan.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, moved with compassion, came to the rescue by repaying the loan.
Worried by the rate in which people are killing themselves, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc enjoined Lagosians to always explore other means of addressing life challenges than resorting to taking their own life, as suicide is never an option.
This is the 8th suicide attempt successfully foiled by the Police in Lagos, in the last two months. He calls on well-meaning individuals to always reach out to the needy and less privileged persons around them. Together we can stop suicide.