Posted by News Express | 21 October 2017 | 2,846 times
The man who jumped off the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge into the Lagos Lagoon on Friday morning has been identified as Oluseyi Adekunle.
Adekunle, who, appeared to be on his way to work, dropped his bag at the rails before taking the plunge into the Lagoon in an apparent suicide bid.
His ATM card and other items were recovered from the scene of the sad incident, thereby revealing his identity.
Officials of the Lagos Waterways Authority, the state emergency management agency and the marine police rushed to the scene in an attempt to rescue the victim.
After a four-hour search without recovery of the body, the officials had to call off the joint operation.
The police gave Adekunle’s age as 40 years.
Lagos State Police Command spokesman, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos: “Report on the suicide was reported at Maroko Division at about 10:15am and police operatives quickly rushed to the scene and alerted rescue unit.
“During a search of the area, his mobile phone was retrieved from the scene. The man is about 40 years of age named Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo State.
“Rescue operations by the police and other bodies is ongoing.”
It was unclear what led to the suicide plunge but NAN gathered that the man pulled off his clothes and left some belongings, including his phone and ATM card, before jumping into the lagoon.
The authorities are still investigating the cause of Adekunle’s action as he is believed to have committed suicide.
This incident comes barely six months after a medical doctor identified as Allwell Orji jumped to his death from the third mainland bridge into the lagoon. (Channels TV/NAN)
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