Again, another young man, who hired Uber, a car hailing service, from the Igando area of Lagos on Wednesday, February 26, has plunged into the lagoon from the Third Mainland bridge.
This was coming barely two weeks after Daibo Davies, a resident of 17, Sosanya Street, Soluyi, Gbagada, Lagos, also jumped into the lagoon from the same Third Mainland Bridge.
However the young man, unlike Davies who died, was lucky to be rescued from his suicidal attempt by the men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, a unit of the Lagos State Police Command.
The RRS, in a Twitter post on Thursday, said the young man insisted that the driver must pass through the Third Mainland Bridge, and as the driver got to the bridge, he confirmed if indeed they were on the bridge and when given the confirmation, he asked the driver to stop, saying that he was pressed and needed to ease himself.
But sensing danger, the driver drove close to the section where officials of the RRS were stationed.
As the driver approached the officers to inform them about the unusual action of his passenger, the young man jumped from the car into the lagoon and reportedly landed on floating wood beneath the bridge.
He was said to have been, however, rescued and taken to a hospital.
The RRS quoted the driver to have said, “On getting to the bridge, he asked me whether this was Third Mainland Bridge and I answered yes.
“He told me that he was pressed and that I should wait for him to ease himself. I was curious. At this time, he was forcing to me wait.
“I stylishly drove him to the point where Rapid Response Squad, RRS, were standing inward Lagos.
“I practically told him I was no longer interested in the trip before I approached the police officers leaving him inside the car.
“Before he jumped, one of the police officers who saw him approached the railings of the bridge and persuaded him not to jump.
“He was thereafter taken to Lagos State Teaching Hospital from where he was referred to LUTH. The incident was reported at Adekunle Police Station, Yaba.”