By James Ogunnaike,Abeokuta
Tragedy struck in Oke-Keesi, Itoko area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Saturday as a middle-aged woman, simply known as Mama Dada, set herself ablaze in her rented apartment.
Vanguard gathered that the deceased committed suicide over her inability to repay a loan she took from a microfinance bank (name withheld).
The woman’s remains were burnt beyond recognition and the entire building was also razed.
A source, Rasheed Aina, who resides near the deceased’s residence, said: “The woman killed herself because of her inability to repay a loan she took from a microfinance bank.
“From the information I gathered from her neighbour, the loan was to the tune of N70,000.”
On his part, Secretary of the Community Development Association in the area, Mr. Babawale, said: “The woman was owing the ‘Gbomu le lantern’ the sum of N70,000. Because she was unable to meet up with the repayment, she then sent her last born to buy fuel and also used style to discharge the small boy. She locked herself up inside the room and wet everywhere with petrol including herself and set the whole place on fire.”
Meanwhile, her corpse has since been deposited at the state General Hospital, Ijaye by the Ogun State Fire Service.
Efforts to get reaction from the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, proved abortive as calls put across to his phone did not go through.
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