Court Discharges Textile Dealer Who Attempted Suicide
She is aged 58. She got tired of living and wanted to end her life. She tried to jump into the Lagos Lagoon.
She failed then found herself in court - an Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court.
After the court announced that the state Directorate of Public Prosecutions was no longer interested in prosecuting her, Momoh, a textile dealer, stepped out of the dock, knelt and started chanting praises to God.
As she left the court she covered her face with two sets of clothes and escaped through the back gate.
Momoh had accumulated debts of over N18m after a bureau de change operator allegedly fled with money belonging to her Swiss creditor. She became depressed after her shop was burgled around the same period.
Momoh had left her house late March, and was about jumping into the lagoon before was rescued and handed over to operatives of the Rapid Response Squad.
She was subsequently detained for three days and later charged to court.
Momoh had told the court that she could not explain why she tried to kill herself.
On Thursday, when the matter came up for hearing at the magistrates’ court, a prosecutor from the state Ministry of Justice, Mrs. A.T. Olaleye, announced that the DPP had issued advice on the matter.
The magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, after skimming through the advice in the case file, said the charges has been dismissed.