Senior Policeman Begs Lagos Drivers Over Suicide Rate On Third Mainland Bridge

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An Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Abayomi Shogunle, has pleaded with Lagos drivers to help reduce suicide rate in the Lagos Lagoon through the Third Mainland Bridge.

Shogunle, who is the Head of the Police Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), made this known in a tweet while reacting to the death by suicide of a staff of Radio Nigeria, Sheriff Oladejo, on Friday.

According to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos Police Command, Oladejo had told the driver of aToyota Corolla vehicle he was in to stop on the bridge under the pretext that he wanted to urinate.

Oladejo reportedly stunned the driver and other passengers by diving into the lagoon instead.

An eyewitness, George Ikechuwu, said, “We were on Third Mainland Bridge after the UNILAG Waterfront about 9am. I was behind the brown Toyota Corolla 2001 model where the man was. There were three people inside the car, the driver and a woman sitting in the front. The man sat at the back.

“There was a faulty vehicle on the road, so we all had to reduce our speed. I noticed the car (the Toyota Corolla) in front of me slowed down, and the man jumped out in front my car. I thought their car was over-flooding and he wanted to call the attention of the fishermen to help them with water or he wanted to urinate. But the next thing I saw was that the tall man climbed the culvert. He wore a grey shirt with brown trousers and a cap. The man wore a very desperate look. He should be in his late 40s.

“My wife and I were looking at him as he held the railings and jumped into the water, head-first. I parked immediately and disembarked from my car. The driver of the Toyota Corolla also came down. We could not see any trace of his body because the water was calm.”

Man jumps into Lagos Lagoon on Third Mainland Bridge
Man jumps into Lagos Lagoon on Third Mainland Bridge on Friday

Reacting, Shogunle said suicide on the Third Mainland Bridge could be stopped if drivers refused to stop for any passenger to alight on the bridge.

See tweet:

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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