Dr Oji: Search Ongoing For Body Of Doctor Who Jumped 3rd Mainland Bridge
As of yesterday, the body of Dr Allwell Oji, the man who jumped off the 3rd mainland bridge in Lagos on Sunday evening has yet to be found.
Lagos State Emergency Management officials and Divers searched the lagoon yesterday for his body to no avail.
His family, however, are still hopeful he would return home.
A man said to be close to Dr Oji, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity said:
“Please respect our grief. This is a difficult time for us and we don’t want to make comments on this issue.
“It is not something to be celebrated. We believe that he’s still alive. God still does miracles.”
35-year-old Dr Oji lived with his widowed mother, Mrs. Chinyere Oji, a retired banker, at their Abule Ijesha, Yaba, Lagos home.
He was unmarried and the firstborn of three children in the family.
Reporters were denied access to the two-storey building believed to belong to Madam Oji.
Relatives of Dr Oji appealed that they be left alone.
Family members, friends, church members, and colleagues of the doctor gathered to comfort his distraught mother.
Reporters were not allowed access into the premises to speak with Dr Oji’s mother or other family members and relatives.
Body of Dr Oji Still Missing
According to a source, Mrs. Oji “as a Christian, she believes in God that a miracle could happen and that her son won’t die. She believes he’s just missing and would return alive.”
Officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and divers intensified the search for Dr Oji’s body.
Tiamiyu, however, noted that the water reaches high tide around the place Oji jumped into the lagoon at Adeniji Adele on the Third Mainland Bridge.
LASWA officials speaking on the possible recovery of Dr Oji’s body said:
“We are still searching for the body. We have expanded the search to go further than the point it happened.
“We have told local men around to watch out for any floating body and we have engaged local divers to look around for us.
“Patrol boats are in the water going round. We would continue to search for him.”
Meanwhile, emergency workers have hinted that it would take at least 24 hours more for the body to float.
They also added that there was the possibility he may never be found.