Just one day after a medical doctor jumped into the Lagos lagoon and drowned himself, a woman has made the same attempt to take her own life but was lucky to have been rescued. The unidentified woman tried to commit suicide by jumping into the lagoon from Maza-Maza bridge in Mile 2 area of Lagos state.
The woman who was dressed in a blouse and trousers was walking along the bridge when she suddenly climbed the rail and jumped into the Lagos lagoon, witnesses said.
However, some people around the area were quick enough to dive into the lagoon and save her. As soon as they got her out to safety, they started to press her bloated stomach to get rid of the excess water that she had already consumed.
According to an eyewitness who identified himself as Emeka:
“The thing happened so fast that we could not stop her. However, when she jumped, we called for help, prompting people under the bridge to dive in and rescue her.”
Another witness, Adewale, who was among those who rescued the woman said: “We were under the bridge when suddenly the woman’s body dropped from the bridge. At first, we thought she was either pushed over or fell over by mistake. We had to jump into the river and went for her. That was how we rescued her.”
Meanwhile, efforts by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, to find the body of the man who jumped into Lagos Lagoon on Sunday evening has not yielded any positive result.
A man identified as Dr. Alwell Orji had on Sunday evening jumped into the Lagos Lagoon after being driven to the Third Mainland bridge by his driver.
Mr. Orji, identified as a medical doctor, reportedly ordered his driver to pull over, dropped off his Nissan SUV car with registration number LND 476 EE and jumped into the lagoon.
The incident was witnessed by many passersby one of whom revealed that the incident happened at about 4:50 p.m. around Adekunle axis of the Third Mainland bridge. It is unclear why Alwell chose to take his own life.
In another incident of suicide, a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Oyo State, decided to commit suicide by hanging himself in the school’s hostel on Saturday, March 18.
The dead young man identified as Adesoji Adediran was a final year student of the department of Urban and Regional planning.
It was gathered that the deceased roommates who had been away for a night study, came back in the morning to find his corpse dangling from the ceiling. The school management was reportedly alerted and they, in turn, informed the policemen from the Owode division, who came and took the body to the mortuary for autopsy.
The rate at which Nigerians commit suicide these days has become alarming. Many people are living in depression which easily leads to suicidal thoughts. “I was amazed at the huge number of people who responded last Sunday when my Pastor made an altar call to those contemplating suicide. They were mostly young-below 40 or just around that”, wrote a colleague of mine in a post.
He went on to dish out some advice to the people in this category:
“To the depressed, do not end your life. Seek help. Seek counsel. Talk to someone. Vent. There’s no new problem under the sun. You’ll be amazed at what the person you talk to is going through but you may never find out except you speak up. You are worried that someone is going to tell another someone? Oh please…people will talk anyway- even if you end your life like the man who did yesterday” (referring to the doctor who jumped into the Lagos lagoon).
“To the hale and hearty. Show kindness. Observe and reach out to that person who is recently unusually withdrawn. Ask “how are you doing” and pay attention to the response (verbal and nonverbal). Be nice at work, at home, things are already tough so do not be one more reason for someone to contemplate suicide.
“To All of Us. Don’t lose hope. E go better.”