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Lagos Police Save Teenager From Suicide Over Unwanted Pregnancy, Scam

Officers from the Ikorodu Area Command of the Lagos State Police have saved a 19-year-old lady from a suicide attempt.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, in a statement on Thursday via X (formerly Twitter), the incident occurred on 29th of June, 2024.

The statement noted that the rescue operation was initiated after a concerned citizen alerted the police around 2pm.

The informant reported that a young woman was attempting to ingest an insecticide.

“Promptly responding to the tip-off, officers were dispatched to the scene where the girl was located and prevented from causing herself harm,” Hundeyin stated.

The rescued lady, whose identity has been withheld for privacy reasons, revealed the circumstances that led to her desperate act.

She reportedly confessed to experiencing severe emotional distress stemming from two major issues: an unplanned pregnancy and financial fraud.

“She revealed that she was impregnated by a man who subsequently refused to take responsibility for the pregnancy. Additionally, she had fallen victim to a fraudster who scammed her of her earnings from her Point of Sale (POS) business, further compounding her emotional and financial struggles,” the police statement read.

The police have confirmed that the young woman is now receiving the necessary psychological support.

Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched to identify and apprehend the individuals involved in her predicament.

The Lagos State Police Command further emphasised the importance of mental health awareness.

Hundeyin encouraged individuals facing similar challenges to seek help promptly, underscoring the police force’s commitment to public safety beyond crime prevention.

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