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Friday, March 24, 2017

WOMAN RESCUED FROM JUMPING INTO LAGOON BY THE POLICE, SAYS SHE OWES N18.7M


The Lagos State Police Command has rescued a woman Taiwo Titilayo Momoh who attempted to jump into the Lagoon from Third Mainland Bridge on Friday.
This is coming few days after a medical doctor, Allwell Orji jumped into the Lagoon from Third Mainland Bridge as his remains was retrieved from the water on Wednesday.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni told newsmen at the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, headquarters, Lagos Government Secretariat, Alausa, Lagos, on Friday that Momoh was in a taxi heading towards Oworonshoki on Third Mainland Bridge when she told the taxi driver to stop on the bridge.
According to Owoseni, the woman was about to jump into the water having removed her shoes and was wrapping her dress around her, when a police patrol team on a routine patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge sighted her and rushed to save her before she jumped into the Lagoon.

The commissioner said from his interaction with the woman, she had depression as a result of unpaid loans; adding that “she is still insisting that she wants to end her life.”
Owoseni noted that committing suicide was an offence under the law but that the police would try to talk the woman out of committing suicide.
He said the woman would be taken through post-trauma programme to ensure that she had hope and not commit suicide, adding that the police would do a medical evaluation on her to ascertain her condition.
Owoseni lamented the rate at which people commit suicide in the country, describing it as worrisome, adding that the police had begun patrol of bridges across the state to forestall other cases of suicide.
He added that it was now an offence for individuals to walk on bridges in the state and that no vehicle would be allowed to stop on any bridge in the state henceforth in order to prevent suicide incidences.
“Right now, the woman is still in trauma and she still insists that she wants to end her life,” he said.
However, as the woman was being led from the RRS headquarters into a waiting police vehicle, she was confronted with several television cameras and still cameras and she reacted by saying that she was not a criminal and that her shots should not be taken.
She allegedly said her ordeal began in 2015 when she was duped by a Bureau de change of about N18.7 million she was to pay some Swiss textile dealers.
The problem was later compounded when some armed robbers invaded her shop, carting away the remaining textiles in her shop.
Madam Momoh said she's suffered sleepless nights, coupled with the fact that her first son have also abandoned her rather that stand by her. 
Momoh, who lives in Lekki, and a member of RCCG said she has not been able to meet her Parish Pastor to seek financial help; adding that her meeting with the second in command has yielded no fruit.
"This world is empty, I want to go and meet God." She concluded.

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