Man stopped from hanging self over N50,000

Man stopped from hanging self over N50,000

Sunday, August 27, 2017 1:30 pm

Civil Defence corps

Security operatives in Ogun have arrested a man who allegedly attempted to commit suicide over his inability to refund a N50,000 ‘loan.

The man  was arrested by  the Anti-Vandal Team of  Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ogun Command, while he was trying to  hang himself  in a  bush on Ayetoro Road, Abeokuta.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the man had tied a rope to a tree and was about hanging himself when a member of the NSCDC team saw him.

The man, a 34-year old father of five, later told newsmen that  he worked with Traffic Compliance and  Enforcement Agency (TRACE) in Ogun but was sacked.

He explained that his inability to perform his responsibility as the head of the family led  him to attempt suicide .

He added that his failure to pay the ‘loan from LAPO,  a private micro-credit lending organisation, forced him to take the  decision to take his life.

“I am a 200 level drop-out of Federal College of Education, Osiele, I dropped  out because I could not get financial assistance to continue.

“Due to the health problem of my child in 2008, I had  to drop out  so that I could  have some money to take care of my sick child.

“But, we later lost the child in 2009 because we were unable to pay some hospital bills after people had  helped us in raising money for the surgery.

“I was duped  by some people and they even threatened  me which made me to leave Abeokuta for Akwa-Ibom state.

‘’It was when I came back after a year that I discovered I had been sacked from TRACE.

“I am frustrated because am owing a lot of people ranging from house bill to  electricity bill and some other bills.

‘’I am ashamed of myself because am not a responsible man, I cannot cater for my family as a head.

“The LAPO officials  have used OPC (Odua Peoples Congress) to arrest my wife because of the money, if not for the help of my pastor.

“Am just frustrated because I have to pay N3,000 every Friday and I am presently jobless. And I still have like N24,000 to balance  .

“What added to my conclusion to commit suicide was due to my inability to refund the ‘LAPO’ loan I collected when I wanted to start my tricycle business.

” The officials  of the LAPO have  been giving my family  tough times  for sometimes now because, I cannot afford to be repaying N3,000 every Friday, “he said.

He, however, said he regretted his action and wanted a second chance in life./

“I wish to go back to school; I want the government to help me with a job that can cater for my family and other things that are important, ” the man said.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Ogbonnaya Dyke   described it as a crime against the state for someone to try to take his life.

Dyke  added that the suspect would be handed over to the police, after the NSCDC Intelligence Unit had concluded its work.

“Since the matter is under our Crisis Management Team, we have to swing into action to address the situation.

” Necessary actions will be taken by the Corps in addressing the situation. He is going to be handed over to the police after our intelligence Unit has done its    work, ” he said. (NAN)

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