The Lagos State Police Command has revealed that its operatives have successfully foiled eight suicide attempts in the state in the last two months.
The command also called on well-meaning individuals to always reach out to the needy and underprivileged persons around them.
This was disclosed yesterday by the command’s spokesperson, SP Bala Elkana, who narrated how a graduate attempted suicide on the Third Mainland Bridge, because he could not repay a loan of N500,000 lost on a failed business.
He said: “Officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) deployed to the Third Mainland Bridge intercepted the 45-year-old man identified as Adeyinka Abiodun as he tried to jump into the lagoon at about 1:50p.m. on July 31.”
Elkana said that the man who came all the way from Abaranje Road, Ikotun, was rescued and taken to Bariga Police Station for questioning and debriefing.
“He stated 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 was collected with the intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money was lost in the venture. 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 counseling sessions. The microfinance bank was contacted and they confirmed the loan. The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, moved with compassion, came to his rescue by repaying the loan.
“Worried by the rate in which people are killing themselves, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, enjoins Lagosians to always explore other means of addressing life challenges and avoid resorting to taking their own lives, as suicide is never an option,” Elkana said. (Guardian)