An elderly woman, Taiwo Momoh was rescued from jumping into the Third Mainland Bridge lagoon on Thursday.
Vanguard reported that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni said that Taiwo, who boarded a taxi told the driver to stop on the bridge.
She was about to jump into the lagoon when a police patrol team sighted her and stopped her.
The commissioner explained that Taiwo had depression as a result of unpaid loans and insisted that she wanted to end her life.
The 58 years old woman told the police that she wanted to commit suicide because she has a debt of N18.7million to her Swiss partner textile dealers.
The Swiss partners had given her textiles worth millions of naira in 2015, while trying to change N18.7million to pay them back, a Bureau De Change stole all the money from her. Robbers also raided her shop and stole the remaining textiles.
“Added to all these, my first son, whom I felt would stand by me and console me abandoned me. By the time I’m gone, maybe he would come around and inherit what is left. 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”
“I won’t because I want to get rich join cult group. I go my way and I don’t socialize unnecessarily. 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,” she told NAN
In a related event, last week Sunday, after it was reported that a doctor jumped into the lagoon, a woman, Abigail Ogunyinka was rescued from the lagoon by fisherman.
Abigail, who is a food vendor, said she owed a microfinance bank, the sum of N150, 000 and was unable to pay, hence, the reason for the suicide.
Henceforth, it would be an offence for individuals to walk on bridges in the state, and no vehicle would be allowed to stop on any bridge to prevent suicide incidences, Owoseni said.