Woman burns herself to death after failing to repay a loan of N70,000

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In Ogun State, a middle-aged woman by the name of Mama Dada killed herself by hanging because she was unable to pay back a N70,000 loan from the microfinance institution LAPO.

On Saturday afternoon, February 18, 2023, the woman allegedly lit herself on fire in her rented residence in Abeokuta’s Oke-Keesi, Itoko neighborhood.

Bolanle Ajayi, an eyewitness and local resident, told PUNCH that the woman committed herself because she was unable to repay a debt she had obtained from LAPO.


She said, “I was told she got the loan amounting to N70,000.”

The deceased was in debt to the bank, according to Ade Babawale, secretary of the local Community Development Organization.


She owes the “Gbomu le lantern” the sum of N70,000. Unable to pay, she dispatched her last child to get fuel and also use style to get rid of the little kid. She then locked herself in the room, wet everything with gasoline, including herself, and set the entire thing on fire.


The state General Hospital in Ijaye, Abeokuta, has received her body.