A mild drama ensued yesterday when a man mentioned President Buhari’s name several times and dived into a river in an attempt to commit suicide on the Mile Two Bridge in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
According to eyewitnesses, the unidentified man stood on the bridge for some minutes and bitterly complained about the sufferings he has been going through and how things have gone from bad to worse with the current administration.
After the bitter complaints, the man said to be in his 40s mentioned Buhari repeatedly and muttered some other words before he finally took the terrible decision, according to The Sun.
It took the timely intervention of passengers of a passing speedboat who dived inside to save the man from drowning.
The passengers dragged him to the riverbank as he gasped for breath while they continued their journey.
A witness, Mr. Andy Odiaka, said the victim, who wore native clothes, was left on the floor for a while, unconscious.
Odiaka disclosed that he called the state emergency number – 112, which facilitated the arrival of the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) in about 20 minutes.
The three-man medical team, went ahead of the bus to resuscitate the victim. According to one of the medics, the man had to be given first aid drip, explaining that he was too weak to make it to the hospital.
Odiaka said: “I was there on the bridge where the man was also standing. He was speaking to himself. He said he had no transport fare to move from one place to another. He said his suffering was too much that he could hardly feed. I also heard him saying life was meaningless to him. He mentioned Buhari many times, and the next thing I saw, the man jumped from the bridge into the water.
“He is an Igbo man because he was speaking the language. I thought he was joking when he said he was tired of everything around him.
“If not for a speedboat that was passing, he would have died. The boat stopped and the passengers dragged him to the riverbank and they continued their journey.
“Thereafter, nobody was ready to assist him. People simply looked at him, expressed sympathy and continued their journey. I have to call an emergency number,” he said.
Before the ambulance came, it was gathered that sympathisers, including Mr Odiaka, contributed about N1, 000, with the intention of taking the victim to the hospital.
The sum of N90 was found inside the man’s pockets when eyewitnesses were trying to get a means of identity which suggests that all may not be well with him really.
Another witness, who simply gave his name as Okpala, said he ran to the place and saw the man almost dying, but did noit know what to do to help him out of the situation. He said he mobilised others at the scene to donate money to take the victim to a hospital.
“The man said he was tired of life and he wanted to kill himself,” he said.
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