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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Gloria Samson committed suicide after she staked 400,000 (less than $1000) in controversial ponzi scheme MMM which crashed in December 2016.

Gloria, a 34-year-old mother of two, was described as a jovial person until MMM froze her account alongside about 2 million other participants of the programme. She jumped into a river close to her home in Benue State capital, Makurdi on 30th December 2016.

According to her husband, David Samson,
"My wife was into petty 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.

"You know women sometimes keep secret; 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.

"She did not tell me but what I observed 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.

"She was diagnosed of 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.

"I tried to look for her and could not 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 number.’

"Some members of my church including my 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.

"Immediately I heard this , I was 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."

"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.

"At the same time , when you look at the whole scenario , there is a conclusion that the money she collected was not invested in her business."
 
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