By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.
PERHAPS for Adeyinka Abiodun, the 45 year old father of two who attempted to take his life on the last day of July 2020 by plunging into the murky waters of Lagos lagoon was the compass to actualizing his destiny; as the recent evolvement clearly suggests. The Masters Degree holder in Business administration who lived in Abaranje area of Ikotun, a densely populated community in Lagos metropolis was reported to have taken the option of suicide after a failed wine business which he borrowed N300,000 from an unnamed micro-finance bank to boost. No thanks to the outbreak of corona virus at the time. Perhaps, his awry option to end his journey of life was another way to announce him to the world as Police operatives who were on routine patrol of the 3rd Mainland Bridge who spotted him frantically attempting to plunge headlong into the lagoon stopped him. It was learned that upon interrogation and he narrated his heartrending story, he was taken to the Governor of the state who upon confirmation that he actually borrowed N300,000 from the bank and had yielded interest to amount N500,000, promptly offset the debt.
In a twist of fate, CrimeWorld authoritatively scooped from Government House that the amiable Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu later had an audience with the visibly crestfallen Adeyinka during which he admonished that attempting or taking one’s his life by oneself was a sin against God adding that the journey of life was replete with thorns and thistles. The Governor was reported to have added that the ability to absorb all the shocks and ups and downs in life makes one a man. At the end of the sermon, the number one man in the state later asked him to submit his CV for scrutiny and possible placement in any of the state establishment as soon as he (Adeyinka) was through with the counseling session which he is presently undergoing with some professionals in the state.
Earlier, the state Police PRO, SP Bala Elkana had said that the incident took place at about “1350 hours on July 31, 2020 while Police operatives deployed to third mainland bridge intercepted one Adeyinka Abiodun 45 years old of Abaranje road, Ikotun, attempting to jump into the lagoon. He 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 monthly repayment plan for six months and accrued interest of N142,287:25 from a micro finance bank in Lagos Island. The loan was collected with intent to upgrade his wine retail business, but the business failed and the money lost. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and a Masters Degree in business administration. He is married with two children. He is currently attending medical and counseling sessions. The micro finance 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 enjoined Lagosians to always explore other means of addressing life challenges than resorting to taking their own life, as suicide is never an option. This is the 8th suicide attempt successfully foiled by the Police in Lagos”
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