A 67-year-old man has been prevented by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad from jumping into the Lagos Lagoon on his birthday
In a statement on Facebook, the RRS said its officials were on patrol on Third Mainland Bridge when they sighted the man identified as Oluwatoye Bamgboye, from Oju-Ore, Ogun State.
According to the statement, Bamgboye “was attempting to jump into the Lagos Lagoon inward Lagos Island when the officers stopped him.”
The statement added, “The elderly man, who gave his name as Oluwatoye Bamgboye, from Oju – Ore, Ogun State, was attempting to jump into the Lagos Lagoon inward Lagos Island when the officers stopped him.
“He disclosed that a personal challenge made him sell his house, land and car. With that, he still couldn’t solve the problem. He got a loan and the problem still persisted.
“He explained further that, he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else.”
The 67-year-old man was quoted as saying, “Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration is too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process”.
The RRS concluded by saying the man has been conveyed to Adekunle Police Station, where efforts are in progress to contact his family members.