Man Attempts To Commit Suicide Over N50,000 Debt
A man has attempted to commit suicide over his inability to refund a N50,000 loan.
The man was, however prevented from carrying out the act by men of the Anti-Vandal Team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ogun State Command.
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 the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency 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.
He said: “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 I am owing a lot of people ranging from house bill to electricity bill and some other bills.
“I am ashamed of myself because I 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.
“I 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 LAPO have been giving my family tough times for some time now because I cannot afford to be repaying N3,000 every Friday.”
He, however, said he regretted his action and wanted a second chance in life.
He said: “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.”