Police stop man, 67, from jumping into Lagos Lagoon on birthday

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RRS rescues attempted suicide victim

But for the timely intervention of operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command, a 67-year-old resident, Oluwatoye Bamgboye would have committed suicide by jumping into the Lagos Lagoon on his birthday today.

The RRS stated this in a statement shared on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

It read, “Officials of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) on patrol of 3rd Mainland Bridge this afternoon stopped a 67 – year old man from leaping into the Lagoon on his birthday.

“The elderly man, who gave his name as Oluwatoye Bamgboye, from Oju – Ore, Ogun State, was attempting to jump into the Lagos Lagoon inward Lagos Island when the officers stopped him.

“He disclosed that a personal challenge made him sell his house, land and car. With that, he still couldn’t solve the problem. He got a loan and the problem still persisted.

“He explained further that, he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else.”

Attempted suicide - Oluwatoye Bamgboye
RRS rescues attempted suicide victim

The statement quoted Bamgboye as saying, “Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration is too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process”.

The RRS said Bamgboye has been conveyed to Adekunle Police Station, where efforts are in progress to contact his family members.

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