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Uber Passenger Jumps Into Lagoon from Third Mainland Bridge

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A man, on Saturday, plunged into the lagoon from the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos state.

The man, whose identity is yet to be confirmed, was said to have told the driver of the vehicle he boarded to stop after which he immediately jumped into the water.

Confirming the incident, Nosa Okunbor, public affairs officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said officials of the agency are currently making efforts to rescue the victim.

“He should be in his mid-twenties. He ordered a car-hailing service from Gbagada to the Island. He deceived the UBER driver that he had a running stomach after which he jumped into the lagoon,” Okunbor said.

“As I speak with you, the marine unit of the Lagos central zone has been searching for the victim since 11:30am, but we have not found the body.”

The incident of suicide on the bridge linking Lagos mainland to the Island has become a recurrent happening in the state.

In January, officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) on patrol on the bridge prevented a man from jumping into the lagoon in a suicide attempt.

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The man was taken to the Adekunle Police Station for investigation.

In 2018, a driver attached to the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) committed suicide after jumping into the Lagoon from the bridge.

He was said to have pretended that he wanted to urinate after he alighted from a commercial bus and plunged into the water.

A year before that, a medical doctor identified as Alwell Orji, also dived into the water and his corpse was recovered days later.

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