A single mother-of-three, identified as Kafayat Alake attempted suicide by jumping into the Osun River in Osogbo, Osun State over her inability to continue providing for her children due to the lockdown in the state.
Kafayat Alake jumped into the river on the 1st of April, a few hours after the state government imposed a stay-at-home order on residents of Osun State as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The single mother of three would have drowned and died, but for the timely intervention of some residents of Aregbesola area of Osogbo, she was rescued in time.
Alake’s strange and noticed movement on the bridge was said to have been seen by some passersby. When she jumped, they quickly raised alarm and youths in the area trooped out, dived into the river and rescued the woman.
“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,” a resident said.
Kafayat Alake, while being questioned by reporters after her rescue, said she hails from Alapaaro, Isale Osun, Osogbo. She also said that she has three children and she could not continue to fend for them due to her financial predicament.
Alake disclosed that her husband stays in Lagos adding that she got separated from her husband thirteen years ago.
Meanwhile, alake was later rushed to a nearby hospital by the O’Ambulance team of the state.