The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the identity of a 40-year-old man who jumped into the lagoon from the Lekki – Ikoyi link bridge on Friday in an apparent suicide mission.
The State Police Command spokesman, ASP Olarinde Famous – Cole, identified the man as Adekunle Oluseyi John from Ondo State.
Speaking with pressmen, the police spokesman said: “report on the suicide was reported at Maroko Division at about 10:15 am 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,”
It was unclear what led to the suicide plunge but a witness said that the man pulled off his clothes and left some belongings, including his phone and ATM card, before jumping into the lagoon.
Another witness told newsmen that: “we were standing here when the man coming from the Lekki end of the bridge dropped his belongings and dived into the lagoon.”
“It happened so fast. We thought he wanted to relax for a while. The man should be in his late 40s.”
It was gathered that after a four-hour search without recovery of the body, the officials of the Lagos State Waterways Authority, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Marine Police Authorities called off the search operation.