On Sunday, 19th March, 3rd Mainland Bridge Lagos was crowded with passersby who stopped to console the driver of one doctor who committed suicide on the bridge.
The doctor, identified as Mr. Orji was being driven by his driver in a Sports Utility Vehicle, SUV. According to the driver, Mr. Orji received a call after which he ordered his driver to stop the car.
The driver innocently stopped the car and the man came down, headed towards the edge of the bridge and jumped into the Lagoon.
The incident occurred between Adekunle and Adeniji on Third Mainland Bridge inward Lagos Island. According to reports by PM News, some officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and the police arrived the scene to retrieve the body of the victim, while policemen from Adeniji Police Station later took the driver and the SUV to the police station.
The General Manager of LASTMA , Adesina Tiamiyu confirmed the incident, saying that the agency received a distress call of a man who parked his grey coloured Nissan SUV with registration number LND 476 EE at about 4.50 pm on Sunday, 19th March, 2017 around Adekunle, inward 3rd Mainland bridge and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon.
Tiamiyu said that proper investigation would be conducted on the incident by the appropriate authorities and some boatmen are cruising around the water area in search of the body of the man.
Meanwhile, an eyewitness shared via Instagram the shocking moment when the medical doctor got out of his car and jumped into the 3rd Mainland Bridge Lagoon.
“I witnessed the worst thing ever today!! The owner of this particular car 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!!!!! Depression is real…… I couldn’t believe my eyes, I’m still in shock, I couldn’t control my tears. I ran after him I tried to save him I called for help. Suicide is not the answer!!!!! It’s a pity a problem shared isn’t a problem solved anymore it’s a problem gossiped about……
“We now live in a world where negativity is like 90%. I really wish I was able to save him. 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 Dr’s notepad with his house address.
“May God help his family though this difficult time. Please, let’s be our brothers keeps. Let’s genuinely love and help one another. Life is short. We are here for just a little time. Let’s spend that time spreading love and being kind to one another!”
So far, there are no positive updates on the retrieval of Dr. Orji’s body as the rescue team continues to comb the area.