A Nigerian single mother of three, Kafayat Alake, has attempted suicide by jumping into the Osun River in Osogbo, Osun State.
Her suicidde attempt was due to her inability to continue catering for her children.
She was rescued by the timely intervention of some residents of Aregbesola area of Osogbo – hence she did not drown.
She jumped into the river few hours after the state government imposed a stay-at-home order on residents of the state as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Passersby had noticed her strange movements around the river area before she jumped.
After she jumped, passersby raised the alarm and youths in the area trooped out, dived into the river and rescued the woman.
One of the residents said: “We were somewhere around that place when the woman fell into the river. At first, we thought she slipped while walking on the bridge but we later discovered it was a suicide dive. While others were calling for help, I had to jump into the river before others joined me in rescuing her”.
Her explanation was that she has three children and could not continue to fend for them due to her financial predicament, compounded by the lockdown that was announced.
Alake added that her husband, with whom she got separated from thirteen years ago stays in Lagos.
She was later rushed to a nearby hospital by the O’Ambulance team of the state.
The troubles lockdown has caused in many poor places in the world is heartbreaking. Those who live from hand to mouth are in dire need of food.