A body, which is said to be the corpse of the late Allwell Orji, a medical doctor, who jumped into the lagoon on the Third Mainland Bridge, has been recovered by marine policemen.
This was confirmed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
Channels Television reports that the body was recovered by the Marine Police at the Onikan end of the lagoon – three days after the incident occurred.
Until his death, Dr. Orji worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Surulere area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
He was said to be on his way to Victoria Island for a meeting with the Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria when the incident happened.
Temporary reports from Police authorities revealed that the deceased had asked his driver to stop the vehicle before jumping across the bridge and into the water.
LASEMA said there was a distress call of a man who parked his grey coloured Nissan SUV at about 4:50 pm around Adekunle and jumped into the Lagos lagoon.
The agency said the vehicle and the driver had been taken to Adeniji Adele Police Station for further investigation.
Spokesman of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Kehinde Adebayo, had said the agency was alerted by concerned Nigerians.
A police source also said that Allwell’s mother had been contacted to come for the identification of the body.
“The body of the doctor was found at about 11.30am. We want to be double sure and his parent has been called to come and identify the body,” the source said.
Meanwhile, the Lagos Police has retracted the statement on the recovery of the body as they are unsure of the identity of the body recovered from the Lagos Lagoon, after confirming to Channels Television that the body of Dr. Allwell Orji who jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on Sunday had been recovered.