25 March 2017
On Friday, barely a week after a medical doctor, Allwell Orji, committed suicide by jumping into the Lagos lagoon, two women were prevented from doing same at the same location.
The Lagos State Police Command on Friday rescued a woman, Taiwo Momoh, as she attempted to jump into the lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, while fishermen rescued another, Mrs. Abigail Ogunyinka, at the Ebute-Ero end of the Lagos lagoon.
Ogunyinka, a food vendor, was said to have jumped already but was rescued by nearby fishermen.
Both women said they are heavily indebted. Ogunyinka said she owed a microfinance bank N150,000.
The same day Orji took his own life in a case that has attracted attention nationwide, another woman was rescued in Mazamaza area of Lagos after she jumped inside the lagoon.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen at the headquarters of the Rapid Response Squad in Lagos on Friday that Momoh was in a taxi heading towards Oworonshoki on the Third Mainland Bridge when she told the taxi driver to stop on the bridge.
Owoseni said the woman was about to jump into the water when a police patrol team on a routine patrol on the Third Mainland Bridge sighted her and rushed to save her.
She was caught before she could jump.
“She attempted suicide by trying to jump into the Lagoon around Oworonshoki end of the Mainland on the Third Mainland Bridge. Fortunately for her, she was rescued,” Owoseni said.
The CP explained that after interacting with the woman, she revealed that she had been depressed as a result of a huge debt. “Right now, the woman is still in trauma. She is still insisting that she wants to end her life,” the police boss said.
Owoseni noted that committing suicide was an offence under the law but that the police would try to talk the woman out of committing suicide. He said the woman would be taken through a post-trauma programme to restore her hope in life.
Owoseni assured that the police would do a medical evaluation on her to ascertain her current condition, but lamented that the rate at which people commit suicide in the country was worrisome.
“The police have begun patrol of bridges across the state to forestall other cases of suicide,” he said.