The Lagos State Police has rescued a middle-aged man, Adeyinka Abiodun from committing suicide over unpaid debt.
Abiodun, a 45-year old, resident of Abaranje road, Ikotun was on July 30,2020 at about 1350 hours prevented from jumping into the lagoon by police Operatives on third mainland bridge.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Elkana Bala in a statement said, Abiodun was taken to Bariga Police Station after he was rescued for questioning and debriefing.
He stated that, in March, 2020 he procured a loan of N390,000 with monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of #142,287:25 from a micro finance bank in Lagos Island.
The loan was collected with intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money lost. He holds a Bachelor of science degree in Physics and a masters degree in business administration. He is married with two children. He is currently attending medical and counselling sessions. The micro finance bank was contacted and they confirmed the loan. The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, moved with compassion, came to the rescue by repaying the loan.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has however enjoined Lagosians to always explore other means of addressing life challenges than resorting to taking their own life, as suicide is never an option.
Odumosu who was worried by the rate in which people are killing themselves confirmed that Abiodun’s case is the 8th suicide attempt successfully foiled by the Police in Lagos, in the last two months.
He therefore called on well meaning individuals to always reach out to the needy and less privileged persons around them.