A middle age man, Abiodun Onipede, on Saturday attempted to kill himself over his inability to refund a loan of N50, 000.
He was, however, prevented by the anti-vandalization team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ogun State command.
He was said to have been prevented as he attempted to hang himself by a member of the team who wanted to urinate in the bush.
Onipede, a commercial tricyclist, was reported to have secured the loan from a micro-finance arrangement known as ‘Lapo.’
He was said to have 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 journalists that he worked with Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, TRACE, in Ogun State 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,” he said.
“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.
Mr. 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.
Lagos police nab fake EFCC operative, suspected cultist
The Lagos state police command have arrested one Emeka Emmanuel with a fake identity card of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) at the Iyana Iba area of the state.
A statement from the State Police Command on Sunday said operatives also arrested suspected cultist, Emmanuel Olatunde, also known as pastor in the Bariga area of the state.
Mr Bala Elkana, the command’s spokesman, explained that 29-year-old Emeka was apprehended on Saturday night by operatives of the Ojo Police Station while acting on credible intelligence.
The suspect was in possession of a fake EFCC ID card which he uses in parading himself as an EFCC operative. The suspect duped innocent citizens under the pretence of providing them employment with the EFCC as operatives.
“One Olaposi Semiu ‘m’ of Agbara, Lagos who is one of such victimstold police investigators that the suspect collected the sum of N51,000 from him over a month ago with a promise of securing employment for his son as an EFCC operative,” he said.
According to him, the suspect who was also found to be operating an illegal medical facility in his residence confessed to committing the crime.
While the police recovered medical equipment and fake certificates from him, Elkana said the suspect would be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigation.
He also advised members of the public, especially job seekers to be mindful of the activities of such people in order not to fall prey of their antics.
On the other hand, 31-year-old Olatunde was arrested following sustained monitoring at Oremenunu Ibafo Street in Bariga.
The suspect, according to Elkana, is an ex-convict and is a high ranking member of Eiye Confraternity, terrorising people in Bariga.
“He (Olatunde) has a link with a series of robberies and murder cases in Bariga. He is responsible for the murder of one Ahmed Karowi, an Aiye Confraternity kingpin on 11th September 2019,” he added.
Elkana said the suspect would also be charged to court as soon as they conclude investigation.
Another set of 30 kidnap victims released in Katsina
No fewer than thirty set of kidnap victims have been released in Katsina State.
The 30 persons were handed over to the state governor, Aminu Masari on Saturday, bringing the number of persons released so far to 45, as the ongoing peace deal enters its third week.
Addressing the returnees, the Governor Masari assured that his administration will not relent in its efforts to secure the release of others still in captivity.
He also directed that the returnees be taken to the hospital for health checks before heading home to join their families.
One of the victims, Zinatu Sani from Kankara told journalists that she was abducted from her matrimonial home with two of her children.
She said that the bandits initially demanded a ransom of N20 million which was later reduced to N6 million, which she said her family couldn’t pay.
She said the suspected bandits used to give them raw rice to cook with only water and salt.
Sani narrated that they slept in an open space for fifty-five (55) days whether it rained or not.
She further disclosed that there were still a lot of people in captivity inside the forest.
The freed victims were later handed over to the transition committee chairmen of Kankara and Jibiya LGs for medical check-up and eventual reunification with their families.
PHOTOS : NDLEA nabs suspected supplier of marijuana to Bokoharam, 20 others in Taraba
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Thursday arrested no fewer than 21 suspected drug dealers in Taraba State.
The suspects, including one person accused of supplying drugs to Boko Haram insurgents, were paraded at the NDLEA office in Jalingo, the state capital.
According to Mr Suleiman Jadi, the state commander of the agency, the officials seized about 299.6 kilograms of drugs within four months of operation.
The NDLEA state commander, also disclosed that Mohammed Ibrahim, one of the suspects said to be a major supplier of drugs to Boko Haram was apprehended with 153 compressed blocks of Cannabis Sativa, also known as Marijuana.
The NDLEA boss blamed unemployment and peer group influence as the major reasons why youth indulge in drug abuse.
Jadi, who noted that they were faced with various challenges as a unit, disclosed further that nine of the suspects have been charged to court.
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