A hairdresser , Yetunde Oladipupo, aka Iyabo , has committed suicide on Onabola Street , Owotutu , in the Somolu area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Oladipupo took an insecticide, Sniper , on Friday shortly after seeing off some friends who had visited her .
Although the cause of the visit could not be ascertained by our correspondent , it was gathered that the mother of four went to a shop afterwards and bought the insecticide .
She was alleged to have taken it and was later rushed to the General Hospital, Gbagada , where she died .
Our correspondent learnt that the Ijebu – Igbo , Ogun State indigene , had taken a loan of about N 150 , 000 from a microfinance bank and the creditor had been pestering her to pay .
A resident , who did not want to be identified , said the victim was always depressed because she had no means of repaying the debt .
He said , “ Iyabo ( Oladipupo ) has four children and her husband is based in Abuja . He comes home once in a while. She was a hairdresser and had a small shop where she sold some things.
“ She borrowed N 150 , 000 from a microfinance bank . When the pressure became too much for her and she could not pay , she became desperate , drank the insecticide and died . ”
Another resident said two friends had visited her a few minutes before the incident , adding that it was after the visit that she decided to take her life .
She said , “ Around 7pm , two friends visited her and she saw them off . As she was returning, she went to a shop opposite her house where they sell provisions.
“ After picking the insecticide , she asked the shopkeeper for a nylon wrapper, but the shopkeeper declined her request and said she should return the insecticide . She kept it somewhere around her dress and left .
“ As she was ascending the stairs to the first floor where she lived , she drank the insecticide . Within seconds , she started feeling uncomfortable and called her five – year- old child to go and get help. She was rolling on the floor and groaning with pain .
“ Everybody was alarmed upon seeing the empty container of the insecticide . She was taken to a private hospital on the street , but she was rejected. She was then rushed to the General Hospital, Gbagada , where about five doctors struggled to save her life . She, however , died . ”
A top official of the general hospital confirmed that the victim was brought to the hospital around 7pm , adding that she died in the early hours of Saturday .
He said , “ The woman was brought to the hospital around 7pm on Friday and her people said she collected a loan which she could not repay . We don ’ t know the details . Doctors tried to save her life , but she could not make it . ”
The Lagos State Deputy Police Public Relations Officer said he would call back after speaking with the Somolu Divisional Police Office