How bus passenger died after jumping into the Lagos lagoon

by Temitope Onitiju

A man has died after throwing himself into the Lagoon from the top of the Third Mainland Bridge on Thursday, January 29.

The man, identified as Okechukwu Ezeigbo, was in a commercial bus heading towards Obalende, on the Lagos Island area of Lagos when he suddenly asked the driver of the bus to stop.

After the driver pulled up, he hurriedly put off his shoes and took a dive into the Lagoon.

Officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), later arrived the scene and sought the help of fishermen in the area, who brought the lifeless victim out of the water.

A LASTMA official, who visited on the scene of the crime said: “The incident happened around 9am. We got an alert that somebody had fallen into the Lagoon. He was in a commercial bus and then jumped down and dived into the river. Nobody knows the reason for his action.”

“Motorists began to park their vehicles on the road and that created a gridlock. We quickly moved in and asked people to clear their vehicles from the road.”

“Some fishermen then brought him and we handed over the body to the Adekunle Police Station. There was nothing with which we could identify him.”

Meanwhile, the Police spokesperson, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, saying that the police had contacted his relatives.

Nwosu stated that preliminary investigation showed that the victim had mental problem and had been taken to a church located along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for prayers before managing to escape.

He said, “The relatives said they did not know how he left the place and joined a public transport. The police have recovered the corpse and deposited in a morgue.”

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