Lagos Court free textile trader who attempted suicide at 3rd mainland bridge

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Mrs. Taiwo Momoh rescued from jumping into Lagos Lagoon

Mrs. Taiwo Momoh attempted to commit suicide at the 3rd Mainland Bridge sometimes in March 2017, Mrs. Taiwo Momoh left her house and headed for the 3rd Mainland bridge to jump into the lagoon, she had removed her shoes and was about to take a dive into the lagoon when she was rescued by passersby with operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

She narrated her story that she had accumulated several debts of over N18m after a bureau de change operator allegedly fled with money belonging to her Swiss creditor and that her textile shop was also burgled which led to her frustration, depression and attempted suicide.

At Magistrate court of Lagos, Ebuta –Meta magisterial division thrown the whole country into the state of quagmire, on Thursday after a 58-year-old textile trader, Mrs. Taiwo Momoh, was discharged for offences bordering on attempted suicide.

The matter was called for continuation of hearing at the Magistrates’ Court; Mrs. Taiwo Momoh was represented by two lawyers, F.A. Azeez and Eniola Disu, both of the Office of the Public Defender.

A prosecutor from the state Ministry of Justice, Mrs. A.T. Olaleye, announced that the DPP had issued advice on the matter.

“I am directed to inform this court that legal advice has been issued on the matter,” she said.

The magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, after skimming through the advice in the case file, said the charges had been dismissed.

“By the DPP’s advice, the defendant is hereby discharged and acquitted,” he said.

Mrs. Taiwo Momoh said she left her house late March and headed for the 3rd Mainland bridge to jump into the lagoon, she had removed her shoes and was about to take a dive into the lagoon when she was rescued by passersby with operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

The police subsequently transferred the matter to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, where she was detained for three days.

The case was later charged to Magistrates court.

On the day of her arraignment before the Magistrate’s Court, Mrs. Taiwo Momoh shed tears saying she could not explain why she attempted suicide.

The Magistrate gave a ruling and order as follows that Mrs. Taiwo Momoh is hereby dismissed accordingly as recommended by the Lagos state, Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mrs. Taiwo Momoh stepped out of the dock, knelt down and started thanking God.

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