How we stopped woman from jumping into Lagoon in Lagos — Police

Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni

The Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos Police Command on Friday said it rescued a woman who tried to commit suicide by jumping into the Lagos Lagoon.

In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the police detachment said the incident occurred at about 11:25 a.m. in Lagos.

The statement reads, “Shortly after the report of Mrs. Abigael Ogunyinka who was rescued by fishermen in Lagos Lagoon early Friday morning, another woman was today prevented at about 11:25 a.m from leaping into the Lagoon by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos state Police Command.

“The lady, Taiwo Momoh, 58, a textile dealer in Lagos Island, had put off her shoes and was wrapping her dress around her when men of RRS 226 prevented her from jumping.

The lady, 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 sometimes in 2015, when a Bureau De Change dealer carted away her 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.

“Her condition she said became 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 her Swiss Creditors in order to assure them that she would pay their money.

“She noted that she was only allowed to see the second in command, which has yielded no fruits.

“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.”


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  • musa aliyu

    Na wa o! Chai! This wicked world! Let me have her account number I can assist in my small way. This is really too much. All should endeavor to give. Let’s be our brothers’ keepers.

    • Infoezone Infoezone

      How many people are you going to help. Nigeria has never had it this bad. We use to love life no matter how hard. Why this state of hopelessness.

      • Dayo

        Christianity is not meat and drink, it’s not bread and butter.. I feel what u are going through but all things work together for those that love God.. Not just good things will happen to u, bad things will happen to u too but it’s for your own good.. The only person u should depend on is God and not any pastor.. The pastors are there as a guide not a dependant.. Go on your kneels and cry out to God to solve your problem.. And have u actually asked why all this is happening to u.. If u commit suicide u won’t meet God u will. Meet the devil.. The life is not ur own but Christ that lives in u.. So if u kill ur self.. God will not be happy with u.. I pray u indeed get the grace of God.. And he will open doors of breakthrough to u..

  • El Patron

    On a more serious note, suicide is increasing dramatically in Nigeria now

  • Rommel

    What is the name of the Bureau de change man so that Nigerians can hunt for the individual, it is so sad that our governments do not take care of anybody, such distressed person had to resort to church for such help,and please,how would joining cult have helped her,unless it is a cult of criminals like the BDC man who defrauded her.

  • Rommel

    My heart is broken,I now understand why some grown women including grannies who trade in wrapper resort to narcotics trafficking

  • Bayo

    God will help you ma.

    • Otile

      Yeah, God will help her ma. If she was Igbo you awon omo Odua would have talked treason. Have you quickly forgotten all the mockery and trash Yorubas commented last week when Dr Orji one Igbo despondent man jumped into Lagoon? As the current Buhari recession progresses more Yoruba people will be heading to Lagoon. There will be no Ifa a gbe yin oo, Ifa Orunmila will not help you, ask Buhari to help. Awon omoburuku.

  • Africa

    The police can aid her recovery by first arresting the bureau de change guy who defrauded her.

    • Odogwu_Aganaga

      na lie self!!! de woman no wan kill herself self. the story is very spooky. did she start fidgeting and shouting “i go jump oh, i go jump oh!!!” and waited for police to come from wherever to rush quickly and grab her??? nigerians can believe any cock and bull. the police never wan talk true!!! no be nigeria police. all dem na thief thief

  • alhaja tunsj soyemi(iya basira

    The change is taking a DANGEROUS DIMENSION!

    • Otile

      You mean Buhari change? Mind that Buhari himself has changed for the worse, he is not unaffected by the change he brought with him.

  • shittu

    Is this APC a plague or what??
    Hunger, sickness, accidents, bombs, lawlessness, darkness, massive retrenchment, despondency, rape, terrorists, kidnapping, lies in high places, daily suicides!

    • yemkik

      You must be sick in your mind. When your brothers are stealing millions and billions of dollars, didn’t they realize that one day this would backfire on the citizenry? What has APC got to do with suicide rate?
      Conserning the woman, the N18.7m that the bureau du change stole, how was it acquired in the first place? So easy to come and lay accusing fingers at the society but the question is how did you get yourself invloved in tghe mess?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    If it’s the Nigeria Police that I know, they would have pushed the woman into the lagoon if she refused to jump. Meanwhile, the she never really wanted to commit suicide.

  • Waandu

    No money in Islam, let me move to Redeem..

  • Aminu Baba

    Big lady, I thoroughly emphasized with your condition. Now I want you to listen to me and listen good. The root of your problem is when you committed apostasy by leaving Islam and embracing Christianity, foolishly thinking that would solve your predicament. You are lucky, very lucky indeed, that you were rescued by the vigilant RRS on your illusionary mission to “meet God”. The God you wanted to meet is a merciful God, he has given you a second chance and believe me not very many apostates get have this favour bestowed on them. If you had plunged into that lagoon, it is not God that will welcome you, my dear but the merciless angels of hellfire. Therefore the first thing you should do is to run back to Islam in total submission to the almighty Allah, the Beneficent, the merciful, now that you can see, your RCCG is just a facade, they cannot help you because they can’t even help themselves!