Fresh facts have emerged following the suicide of a Lagos State-based medical doctor identified as Dr. Allwell Orji who jumped into the Lagoon on the Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) reports that Dr. Orji was in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on his way to the Lagos Island at about 4 pm on the day of the incident when he had a phone call.
Shortly after the call, he allegedly instructed his driver to park the vehicle at the Adekunle end of the Lagoon and he came out of the vehicle, walked to the railings on the bridge and jumped into the Lagoon.
An Instagram user who claimed to have witnessed the moment DR. Orji jumped into the Lagoon, narrated how she tried all she could to stop the man and get people to stop him from jumping to his death to no avail.
“I witnessed the worst thing ever today! The owner of this particular vehicle jumped into the Lagoon right in front of me! I saw him get out of his car, then jumped. I was directly behind him.
I parked and ran as fast as my legs could carry me, but it was too late. I wish he had waited a little longer; I wish I was able to stop him; I wish I was about to hold his hands; I wish he could tell me what the problem was!
I’m still in shock; I couldn’t control my tears. I ran after him, I tried to save him, I called for help.
Loads of people stopped because they saw me acting like a crazy woman, the ambulance was present, the fishermen were trying to help, but it was too late!
He left a note on his personalized doctor’s notepad with his house address.”
Adesina Tiamiyu, the LASEMA General Manager who confirmed the incident, said some local divers and men of the agency were still searching for the victim in the Lagoon.
“The man parked his gray colored Nissan SUV with number plate, LND 476 EE, at about 4.50 pm on the Third Mainland Bridge, and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the man, Orji, who was being driven by his driver, suddenly ordered the driver to pull over.
He alighted from the SUV and jumped into the lagoon from the bridge.
The vehicle and the driver have been taken to the Adeniji Adele Police Station. Efforts are ongoing to find him or recover his body from the lagoon.”
Also confirming the incident, the Zone 2 spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the marine police joined the Lagos command to search for the victim while the deceased mother and pastor had been invited to identify him whenever the corpse is recovered.
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