June 8, 2012 – I Decided To Commit Suicide To Save Myself From Shame
A 24-year-old lady, Mary Odo, from Igede Local Government Area of Benue State, North-central Nigeria, who resides at 24, Adebambo Street, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, was on Monday rescued from the Lagos lagoon, as she attempted to commit suicide.
Speaking after she was rescued, Mary told us that she has been in Lagos since 2009 and worked as a maid in Ajao Estate.
“I have been in Lagos since four years ago and I was a housemaid in Ajao Estate.
“I am a primary school dropout,” she said. Commenting on what led her to jump into the lagoon, Mary said she was disappointed and tired of being a maid.
She added that she wanted to go back to school which she could not achieve.
“I decided to jump into the lagoon because my lover Thomas Ogah broke up with me after I have done all that I could for him. He promised to marry me but later backed out.”
Odo stated that because she cannot efficiently express herself in English language, her lover, Ogah, started treating her with disdain and eventually impregnated another girl to despise and make mockery of her.
“Thomas Ogah is also from Benue State. He runs a restaurant and bar outfit at Iyana Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos State.
“For the over one year the friendship lasted, we had every thing in common and I was extremely convinced that he would stick to his promise of marrying me. I kept other men at a distance and reserved myself for him alone. Rather than keep to his promise, he started calling me an illiterate and a village girl who cannot express herself in English.
“I couldn’t withstand the disappointment and disgrace meted out to me by him. I decided to commit suicide to save myself the shame,” she explained.
On the day of the incident, she left her brother’s house, who is currently at Abuja, lied to his son, Emmanuel Ogbaji, 22, that she was travelling to London.
She also told him that nobody should look for her. Odo headed straight to the lagoon around Third Mainland bridge and jumped into it at about 7 p.m.
But she was rescued by fishermen who sighted her and handed her over to policemen from Bariga Divisional Headquarters.
“I became depressed as a result of the painful break-up and as a result of my illiteracy.
“I was fed-up with life because I can’t speak good English, can’t write and other issues. I could not withstand it. I am just ashamed of myself. I took the decision out of frustration,”
Continuing, Mary said she had earlier told her Madam that she wanted to go back to school which she agreed but later changed her mind and instructed her to remain as a housemaid.
“While I was in her employ, she paid me N15,000 monthly. I saved the money and from it, I rented an apartment. When I told her that I would go back to school, she initially agreed, but later changed her mind and instructed me to remain as her housemaid.
“I did not want anybody to see my corpse or cause my landlord and co-tenants any problem. That was what necessitated my going to the lagoon to end my life,” she explained in tears.
The Bariga Divisional Police Officer, DPO, a Superintendent of Police, Mr. Tarzan Tsav said a pastor in company of some fishermen brought the lady to the station. She was counselled by the police and advised to go back home. She had promised not to make any more attempt in taking her life.
“I told her that I will present her to her people and she will be supported,” the DPO stated.