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Suicide Mission: Police identify man who jumped into Lagos Lagoon

The Lagos State Police Command, on Friday, confirmed the identity of a 40-year-old man who jumped into the lagoon from the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos on Friday in an apparent suicide plunge. 

The state Police Command spokesman, ASP Olarinde Famous -Cole, identified the man as Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo State. Famous-Cole said “Report on the suicide was reported at Maroko Division at about 10:15am and police operatives quickly rushed to the scene and alerted rescue unit. During a search of the area, his mobile phone was retrieved from the scene. The man is about 40 years of age named Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo state. 

Rescue operations by the police and other bodies is ongoing. “Although the body is still missing but effort is on going to recover the body by men of the Marine Police and the Lagos State Waterways Authority combing through the waters for over three hours on the possibility to recover the body with no sign of the body in the water now. 

“Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Marine Police were at the scene in search of the body. But after a four-hour search without recovery of the body, the officials of the three agencies carrying out the search, called off the search operation. According to the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), “a distress call was received from the LCC officials regarding a man who reportedly jumped into the lagoon around Lekki Toll Gate bridge at about 9:58am this morning. 

The footage which was captured through the camera revealed that he suddenly pulled off his clothes and shoe while noticing there was no one around him and jumped into the lagoon. The General Manager LASEMA Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, had earlier said that it would be inappropriate to release the identity of the man but his family has been contacted while all items found on him were also handed over to the Nigerian Police from Maroko Division for further investigation. 

He however assures that his officials and other responders are on ground for indication as to how the body will be recovered.
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