Doctor commits suicide, jumps into Lagos lagoon
An unidentified middle-aged man yesterday jumped into the Lagos Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge.
It was gathered that the man, who was being driven by his driver in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), was receiving a call when he suddenly asked his driver to park.
The driver was quoted as saying that the man asked him to stop, came out of the vehicle and jumped into the lagoon. The incident occurred on the bridge between Adekunle and Adeniji on the Third Mainland Bridge inward Lagos Island yesterday evening.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and policemen were immediately mobilized to the scene to retrieve the body of the victim. Already, policemen from Adeniji Police Station had taken the driver and the SUV to the police station.
However, several calls made to the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Famous Cole were not picked.
Spokesman of LASEMA, Kehinde Adebayo, said the agency was alerted by concerned Nigerians. According to him, “the agency received a distress call of a man who parked his grey coloured Nissan SUV with registration number LND 476 EE at about 4:50p.m. on Sunday, around Adekunle, inward Third Mainland Bridge and jumped into the Lagos lagoon.
“Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that the man, said to be a medical doctor named Orji, suddenly ordered his driver to pull over, dropped from the car and suddenly jumped into the water from the bridge.”
“The General Manager of LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, said proper investigation would be conducted on the incident by the appropriate authorities.”
It would be recalled that the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) last year prevented a mother of four from committing suicide by jumping into the lagoon with a 12-month old baby. The 27-year-old lady, simply known as Mrs. Adegoke, was restrained by two RRS riders from plunging into the lagoon from the top of the Third Mainland Bridge.
On interrogation, the woman said she trekked from Medina Estate in Gbagada to Third Mainland. She heard a voice calling out to her to come to the Third Mainland Bridge.
She said she decided to harken to the call because it was repeated.