Command have prevented a businessman , Abiodun Adeyinka , from committing suicide by jumping into the lagoon on the Third Mainland Bridge during the Eid – el – Kabir festival on Friday.
Reports gathered that Abiodun had approached a microfinance bank for N 390 , 000 to boost his business but could not repay the loan and the accrued interest , because the venture turned out to be unsuccessful.
Troubled by his inability to repay the loan , the 45- year – old left his place of residence in the Ikotun area of the state and headed for the Third Mainland Bridge , where he attempted to jump into the lagoon.
It was learnt that policemen attached to the Bariga Division , who had been watching Abiodun closely , quickly prevented him from plunging into the lagoon.
The state Police Public Relations Officer , Bala Elkana , said in a statement on Sunday that after Abidoun was rescued, the father of two said during interrogation that the reason he attempted to take his life was because of his indebtedness .
He added that Abiodun had been attending medical and counselling sessions .
Elkana stated, “ On Friday, July 31, 2020, around 1 . 50pm , police operatives deployed on the Third Mainland Bridge intercepted one Adeyinka Abiodun , 45, of Abaranje Road , Ikotun, while attempting to jump into the lagoon. He was rescued and taken to the Bariga Police Station for questioning and debriefing .
“ He stated that in March 2020 , he obtained a loan of N 390 , 000 with a repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N 142 , 287 , 25 from a microfinance bank on the Lagos Island.
The loan was collected with the intention of upgrading his wine retail business , but the business failed and the money was lost .
“ He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master ’ s degree in Business Administration.
He is married with two children .
He is currently attending medical and counselling sessions. ”
Elkana stated that the microfinance bank , from which Abiodun took the loan, was contacted to confirm the transaction and after confirmation, Governor Babajide Sanwo – Olu , who was moved with compassion, repaid the loan.
Explaining that Abiodun ’ s case was the eighth suicidal attempt prevented in the state in the last two months , the PPRO stated that the state Commissioner of Police , Hakeem Odumosu, urged Lagos residents to explore other means of addressing life challenges instead of resorting to commit suicide.
Elkana said , “The microfinance bank was contacted and it confirmed the loan .
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo – Olu , moved with compassion, came to the rescue of the victim by repaying the loan .
“ Worried by the rate at which people are killing themselves , the Commissioner of Police , Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu , enjoined Lagosians to always explore other means of addressing life challenges other than resorting to taking their own lives , as suicide is never an option .
“ This is the eighth suicide attempt successfully foiled by the police in Lagos in the last two months
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