Man dies after jumping into Lagos lagoon

A middle-aged man drowned on Tuesday after jumping into the Lagos Lagoon in the early hours of the morning.

The yet-unidentified man jumped into the lagoon after trekking on the Third Mainland Bridge inwards Lagos Island.

He was retrieved by some fishermen and officials of the Lagos State Waterways Authority.

A member of the rescue team, who spoke to a PUNCH correspondent on condition of anonymity, said despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate the victim, he eventually passed on.

“The man jumped into the lagoon around 7.24am. He was rescued by some fishermen and transported to Ebute Ero by LASWA officials. After several hours of trying to resuscitate him, he, unfortunately, passed on.

“The man’s identity could not be ascertained. He apparently resorted to the action out of frustration. His body was handed over to officials of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit,” the rescuer said.

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the case was not reported to the police.

Public Affairs Officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mahmud Hassan, said some officials of the agency witnessed the incident.

He advised people against taking their own lives.

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