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Textile Dealer, Who Attempted Suicide, Discharged


A textile dealer, Mrs. Taiwo Momoh, who attempted suicide recently in Lagos, was Friday discharged by a Magistrates’ Court.
The 58-Year-old, who attempted jumping into the a Lagos lagoon in March this year over N18m debt was discharged after the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution withdrew the charge against her.
When the matter came up for hearing, Friday, 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 going through the advice in the case file, said the charges have been dismissed.
“By the DPP’s advice, the defendant is hereby discharged and acquitted,” he said.
Mrs Momoh attempted killing herself on March 24, after a bureau de change operator allegedly fled with money belonging to her Swiss creditor.
Her shop was also reportedly burgled around the time, which led to frustration and depression.
She claimed that efforts to see her pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God over her challenges did not yield fruit.
Momoh said she left her house late March and headed for the lagoon, adding that she had removed her shoes and was about to take a dive into the water when she was rescued and handed over to operatives of the Rapid Response Squad.
The police subsequently transferred the matter to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, Lagos, where she was detained for three days.
The case was later charged to court.
After the first arraignment, Momoh cried out for help, saying she could not explain why she attempted suicide.


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