was thrown into mourning last Friday after the discovery of a lifeless
body of a mother of two said to have drowned herself due to her
inability to repay the loan of N400,000 she invested in MMM, writes JOHN CHARLES.
Gloria Samson, whose lifeless body was discovered floating on River
Benue by the police in Benue State, has said he didn’t have any inkling
that his wife planned to kill herself.
final resting place at a public cemetery located in Ankpa ward, Makurdi,
the state capital, last Friday.
arrived in the cemetery, crowd of mourners wore gloomy faces, women wept
profusely and men in teary eyes shook their heads intermittently.
of the woman fuelled the agony of the sympathisers who knew the
deceased. She lived with her family at Vandeikya Street, Makurdi.
Sources told SUNDAY PUNCH that the woman left home without her
phone three days after Christmas and reportedly told her kids to forgive
her. She also sent same message to her husband through her children.
left her home, precisely January 2, the police in Benue discovered a
lifeless body floating on River Benue at Wadata area, few kilometers to
corpse and deposited the remains at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi.
Meanwhile, Gloria’s family had searched for her for three weeks until
they heard about the corpse the police discovered on River Benue which
later turned out to be her.
his wife took a loan of N400,000 from four different places which she
did not invest in her petty business.
trading and she had been collecting soft loan from a micro finance bank
to boost her business. Anytime she collected the money, she paid back
and in most cases, I was her guarantor.
towards November and December 2016, I discovered she took a loan from
four places amounting to N400,000. I do not know what she used the money
for because there was nothing in the shop to suggest that she invested
the money in her business.
is that my wife developed a cold attitude around the time the report of
the freezing of accounts of MMM subscribers in Nigeria went viral. Her
attitude changed and she became depressed.”
the Christmas period and when he asked her what the problem was, she
told him that she was sick and he told her to see a doctor.
typhoid and malaria and placed on medication. Even on Christmas Day, she
could not go to church. A day after Christmas, she complained of pile
and I had to buy traditional medicine which she declined to take. On
December 28, 2016 around 11pm, I was at my place of work when my son,
Wisdom called me using his mother’s phone number telling me that his
mother had left the house since and had yet to return. I told him I was
close by and on getting home, I did not see her. I discovered that she
left the house with a gown and bathroom slippers.
find her. I picked my phone and contacted my siblings and
brother-in-law. The following morning, I went to B Police Division to
complain but I was told to wait after 24 hours, which I did. On the
second day, I was asked to make a statement and leave behind my phone
did not hear from the police for two weeks and he had to keep searching
and informing people in case anyone of them saw his wife.
pastor were aware and kept on interceding for us. This continued until
last Tuesday when a woman came to my house and told one of my neighbours
that a police woman told her that they discovered the body of a woman
floating on River Benue around Wadata area since January 2.
perplexed because something in me told me it might be my wife. I told my
neighbour to join me to go to A Division at Wadata. When we got there,
the police showed me the picture of the dead woman and I discovered that
she was my wife.’’
still confused as to what could make his wife to kill herself. He
stated, “My wife loved herself and she could not even allow a razor to
touch her body not to talk of going to this length. That is why I said
it is more of spiritual attack, but only God knows.
whole scenario, there is a conclusion that the money she collected was
not invested in her business.’’
our correspondent on condition of anonymity said she became moody
shortly after the operators of the MMM froze three million accounts
belonging to its Nigerian subscribers early December.
that she borrowed money from four different places and invested it in
MMM. But shortly after MMM froze the accounts of its Nigerian
subscribers, she withdrew from people.”
a jovial person but suddenly she withdrew to herself. I even tried to
find out what was wrong with her because she was my customer but she did
not tell me. She had a shop where she sold petty things. I later
gathered that she took a loan from various places but instead of using
it for her business, she invested it in MMM and since its collapse, she
had refused to talk to anybody.”
Wadata market, Makurdi, identified only as Bridget said, “We met before
Christmas and she lamented that she invested the loan she took from a
micro finance bank and other sources in an investment that would bring
quick and double money (referring to MMM) but the thing collapsed. She
threatened that she would run away and I even preached to her not to do
so. Since then, I did not see her again only to hear last Tuesday that
she drowned herself in River Benue around Wadata.”