By Ebere Aham, Okoye Cherechukwu & Charles Clarybell
LAGOS—Relatives of the single parent and mother of three, Olubunmi Uko, who disappeared from her Fola Agoro, Lagos, home with her nine-year-old son last Friday, leaving a suicide note, have begun to search for her body in Lagos rivers.
Uko, a businesswoman and distributor of Forever Living Products, left a seven-paragraph suicide note, informing her children and parents that she was going to jump into a lagoon and end it all, owing to her inability to offset a bank loan.
When Vanguard visited her house yesterday, her eldest son, Toni, refused to speak on the issue, saying he was under strict directive not to speak with anyone.
However, a relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said nothing had been heard from the woman since she walked away.
The relative said: “This whole thing has devastated my family. We have made efforts to reach her on phone, but her lines are switched off. Even Seun, her youngest child with whom she went away, cannot be reached on phone either.
“We have contacted all our relatives, home and abroad, but none seems to know anything about her whereabouts.
“Just yesterday evening, we contacted local boat operators around riverine areas to be on the lookout for any bloated body and alert us. This is just our ‘Plan B’ and we pray that she did not carry out her planned suicide.
“Our worry is also on the nine-year-old child she went away with. We have contacted policemen at Somolu, who requested for pictures of both the woman and her son. We begged them to inform all police divisions in Lagos State to be on the lookout for them.”
Vanguard had reported yesterday that the woman, in her suicide note, complained that she was tired of life, adding that by the time the letter would be seen, she would have ended inside the belly of a shark.
She was said to have always complained of dwindling business due to high exchange rate, adding that she borrowed half a million naira to offset a loan, but decided to use it on her business with the hope to realise some gains, but failed.