An Ebute Meta Magistrates Court has freed Taiwo Momoh, the 58-year-old textile dealer who attempted to jump into the Lagos lagoon. The court discharged her of offences bordering on attempted suicide as recommended by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. The PUNCH reports that after the pronouncement of judgement, Momoh knelt down giving praise to God. She reportedly covered her face and fled through the back gate of the court immediately the court dispersed. Her counsel said she had covered her face to avoid journalists.
Momoh had, on March 24, 2017, attempted jumping into the Lagos Lagoon over an N18 million debt. She had allegedly been swindled of money by a Bureau de Change operator which led to the accumulated debts. Reports say her shop was also burgled at that time making life unbearable for her.
She told police that she had removed her shoes and was about taking the death plunge when she was stopped.