BY DAMILOLA LAWRENCE
A woman said to be in her thirties was seen jumping into the lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, in an apparent case of suicide at about 10 am on Thursday.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a situation report said a search and rescue team had been mobilized to look for the woman.
According to him, “Upon arrival of the LRT at the incident scene, investigation revealed that a lady in her late thirties (30s) plunged into the Lagos lagoon.
“Further investigation revealed that the lady alighted from a commercial cab on the bridge and jumped into the lagoon.”
“The driver of the taxi claimed that earlier she was having a heated conversation with her fiancé over her mobile phone before alighting and jumping into the lagoon.
“The LRT men of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, LASWA and officials of the Department of State Service (DSS) are currently on the ground working better together to search for the victim,” he said.
Olufemi however, lamented the spate of suicide, particularly on the Third Mainland Bridge.
He said: “Every 40 second, someone thinks about committing suicide and eventually does.”
It is instructive that the 11.8-kilometer length, of the bridge over the lagoon had witnessed series of suicide cases in the last four months.
The bridge, since it was opened in 1990, has served as the major route from the Mainland to Lagos Island, Victoria Island, Lekki, Ajah and Epe, where thousands of residents commute daily.
Recall that sometime in October, a yet-to-be-identified man was captured in a viral video jumping into the Lagoon after he was reportedly accused of stealing, so he is tired of life and so he jumped off the bridge.