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Man jumps into river in Lagos (photo)

Man jumps into river in Lagos (photo)

It was a shocking day in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos, yesterday, August 29, when a man jumped into the river on the Mile 2 bridge.

The Sun reports that the unidentified man stood at the edge of the bridge shouting aloud how life has been miserable for him. He was alleged to have mentioned Buhari repeatedly, before finally jumping into the river. If not for the quick intervention of a passing speedboat, the victim who is in his 40s, would have drowned.

Man jumps into river in Lagos (photo)

The man who jumped into the river

An eyewitness, Mr. Andy Odiaka, said the victim, who wore native clothes, was left on the floor for a while, unconscious. When he saw this, he called the state emergency number – 112, and the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) got to the scene promptly.

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Odiaka said: “I was there on the bridge where the man was also standing. He was speaking to himself. He said he had no transport fare to move from one place to another. He said his suffering was too much that he could hardly feed. I also heard him saying life was meaningless to him. He mentioned Buhari many times, and the next thing I saw, the man jumped from the bridge into the water. He is an Igbo man because he was speaking the language. I thought he was joking when he said he was tired of everything around him. If not for a speedboat that was passing, he would have died. The boat stopped and the passengers dragged him to the riverbank and they continued their journey. Thereafter, nobody was ready to assist him. People simply looked at him, expressed sympathy and continued their journey. I have to call an emergency number,” he said.

Before the ambulance came, it was gathered that sympathisers, including Mr Odiaka, contributed about N1, 000, with the intention of taking the victim to the hospital. Another witness, who simply gave his name as Okpala, said he ran to the place and saw the man almost dying, but did not know what to do to help him out of the situation. He said he mobilised others at the scene to donate money to take the victim to a hospital. When the victim’s pockets were searched for any means identity, only N90 was found on him.

“The man said he was tired of life and he wanted to kill himself,” he said.

Nawa oh!

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