A 35-year-old medical doctor at the Isolo branch of Mt. (Mount) Sinai Hospital, Allwell Orji, yesterday jumped into the Lagos lagoon when he was going to attend a Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) meeting.
The incident happened at 4:45pm on Third Mainland Bridge. It has been reported that the rate of suicide has increased in the country. The reason for this man’s suicide is still unknown.
Orji, who left from his house at Abule Ijesha in Yaba, was said to have told his driver, Henry Ita, to parked his Nissan Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) marked LND476EE at the Adeniji Adele end of the bridge on the excuse that he wanted to pee.
As he came down, the doctor was said to have climbed the bridge’s rail guide and jumped into the ocean.
A commercial bus passenger, who gave his name as Uche Magnus, said the doctor jumped into the ocean immediately after he came down from his vehicle.
“I saw everything clearly from where I sat in the commercial bus I was in. The man came down from his jeep and jumped into the water instantly. We all screamed and begged the commercial bus driver to stop. I saw the man when he jumped but nobody could identify the spot where he drowned in the ocean.”
In the ensuing confusion, Ita was said to have called Oji’s mother and pastor. Both arrived the scene some 30 minutes after. It was learned that the sympathisers at the scene called the Lagos Police emergency unit, which deployed Rapid Response Squad (RRS) riders and marine police to the scene.
The body of the deceased is still being sought for.