Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu has rescued a 45-year-old man from committing Suicide over failure to repay a debt.
Adeyinka Abiodun, B.Sc Holder in Business Administration resorted to taking his own life after he could not repay a N500,000 loan obtained from a Microfinance bank.
Abiodun who is a father of two children, was found at the Third Mainland Bridge where he planned to jump into the lagoon when security operatives stopped him.
He explained he borrowed the funds to revive his dying wine business. Unfortunately, the business failed and he had no means to repay the debt.
Sanwo-olu moved with compassion after hearing Abiodun’s dilemma, paid the debt of N500,000 to settle the debt.
Bala Elkana, Spokesperson, Lagos state Police Command has released a statement regarding the foiled suicide attempt.
The statement reads in part
“He stated that in March 2020, he procured a loan of N390,000 with 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 intent to upgrade 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. The microfinance 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.
“Worried by the rate in which people are killing themselves, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc, enjoined Lagosians to always explore other means of addressing life challenges than resorting to taking their own lives, as suicide is never an option.”
The Police Spokesperson noted that this is the 8th suicide attempt foiled by security operatives in 2020.