A yet-to-be-identified woman said to be in her thirties has decided to end it all by jumping into the lagoon on Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State in an apparent case of suicide on Thursday.
Lagos Panorama learnt that the woman had disembarked from a cab and headed towards the railing of the bridge. She was said to have consequently plunged into the water.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a situation report said a search and rescue team had been mobilised to look for the woman.
He said, “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 Uber taxi car on the bridge and plunged into the lagoon.”
The LASEMA boss said the cab driver claimed the woman was having a heated conversation with her fiance before alighting from the vehicle.
“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 added
Oke-Osanyintolu, 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 kilometres 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.
A Facebook user, Ngozi Blessing, shared videos of when the man was addressing some onlookers and the moment he jumped into the Lagoon.
Blessing, in the post, alleged that the man took to suicide because he was framed for stealing a huge amount of money, which he denied knowledge of.
In a text accompanying the video, Blessing wrote: “He was saying that they framed him; that he stole a huge of money which he did not.
“And they said they give him 24 hours to refund the money but that he did not steal.
“For him to eat once in a day is a problem, so where will he get that kind of money from within 24 hours.
“So he is tired of life and so he jumped off the bridge.”