Search for medical doctor who jumped into Lagos Lagoon ends in futility

Carla Harmon
March 21, 2017

Mr. Orji, identified as a medical doctor, reportedly ordered his driver to pull over, dropped off his Nissan SUV auto with regstration number LND 476 EE and jumped into the lagoon.

The General Manager of Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA), Adesina Tiamiyu who confirmed the incident, said some local divers and men of the agency were still searching for the victim in the lagoon.

Asked what could have informed Orji's decision, a resident, who did not give her name, said, "I don't know the cause". Not even us who are very close relatives.

"The man parked his gray colored Nissan SUV with number plate, LND 476 EE, at about 4.50 pm on the Third Mainland Bridge, and jumped into the Lagos Lagoon".

Attempts to access the green and lime two-storey building proved abortive when two family members accosted THISDAY at the gate.

She is yet to accept that he could be dead.

The medical doctor, identified as Allwell Orji, had ordered his driver to pull over in what was a mysterious incident, while he stepped out and dove into the lagoon. We engaged local fishermen and divers. She believes he's just missing and would return alive. We want you to respect the family.

He said: "We have expanded our search than where it happened. They are in the best position to explain what might lead to the incident".

Also contacted, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the driver was not arrested, rather he was taken in for questioning, adding that investigations were ongoing.

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