Not too long when a woman,Mrs Abigael Ogunyinka was rescued by fishermen in Lagos Lagoon early Friday morning,another woman, Taiwo Titilayo Momoh, was also yesterday prevented at about 11:25 a.m from jumping into the Lagoon by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos state Police Command.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen at the Rapid Response Squad headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja 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,58, a textile dealer in Lagos Island was trying to put off her shoes, before trying to jump into the lagoon when a police patrol team on a routine patrol of the Third Mainland Bridge sighted her and prevented her from jumping into the lagoon.
The woman, who lives in Lekki Lagos, disclosed that she was pushed to committing suicide in order to put an end to her constant sleeplessness and shame occasioned by her indebtedness to three Swiss textile dealers.
She noted that her problem started in 2015 when a Bureau De Change dealer carted away the N18.7 million she wanted to change to pay her foreign creditors.
She added that the creditors had given her Swiss textiles worth several millions of naira, noting that she has maintained good relationship with the creditors for more than 15 years.
Momoh said her situation was compounded when robbers invaded her shop in Lagos Island, carting away most of the textiles that was left with her.
She emphasized that most of the time, she has been having sleepless nights and seeing the ghosts of the creditors whenever she was alone.
Momoh, a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, disclosed that on several 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 the demands of her Swiss creditors in order to assure them that she would pay their money.
But was only allowed to see the second-in-command, which has yielded no fruits.
Momoh said: “Added to all these, my first son, whom I felt would stand by me and console me, abandoned me.
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”, she stated.
“I won’t because I want to get rich join cult group. I go my way and I don’t socialize unnecessarily”, she concluded.
She added, “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.”