Police save Lagos govt employee from jumping over Third Mainland Bridge

Lagos police commissioner Hakeem Odumosu

Police in Lagos said they have rescued an employee of the state government Akinlolu Ajayi from jumping into the lagoon.

Lagos police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu said in a statement on Saturday that the incident happened on Wednesday at about 9.25 a.m.

He said the 54-year-old works with Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC), Town Planning, Ilupeju, Lagos.

Mr Ajisebutu said that the man, who lives at the Oworonsoki area of the state, was seen on the Third Mainland Bridge trying to jump into the lagoon at the UNILAG waterfront area.

He said that the anti-crime patrol team from Bariga Police Division on a routine patrol of the area, immediately rescued the man and took him into protective custody.

The spokesman said that the suspect had been transferred to the SCID in Yaba for investigation and subsequent prosecution.

Ajisebutu said the commissioner of police Hakeem Odumosu directed that the family of the man should be contacted for necessary action.

“The CP appeals to members of the public not to take their own lives, no matter the challenges they are currently facing.

“He said such challenges are merely ephemeral. He further warns that such condemnable act is not only morally wrong but is also criminal,” the statement read.