Friday, 2 June 2017

Court frees 58-year-old Lagos businesswoman who attempted suicide

The Magistrate court in Ebute-Metta has on Thursday, released a 58-year-old textile dealer, Taiwo Momoh, after she was arraigned for offences bordering on attempted suicide. 

PUNCH reports that the decision to discharge her followed an advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

A.T. Olaleye, a prosecutor from the Lagos State Ministry of Justice 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.
After reading the document from the DPP, the magistrate, Tajudeen Elias, said: “By the DPP’s advice, the defendant is hereby discharged and acquitted.”

After the court announced that her case had been dismissed, Momoh stepped out of the dock, knelt down and started giving praises to God, Punch says. 

She afterwards stepped out, covered her face and left the court premises, in order to avoid questions from journalists. 

It was reported that Momoh had accumulated debts of over N18m 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.

At about 10AM on March 24, Momoh went to Third Mainland Bridge, and attempted to dive into the lagoon underneath. She was, however, rescued and handed over to security operatives.

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