MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Quick intervention of operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Lagos Police Command on patrol duty along 3rd Mainland Bridge, on Thursday afternoon saved the life of a girl who wanted to commit suicide by jumping into the lagoon.
AtlanticNewsonline gathered that the girl (names withheld) was attempting to jump into the lagoon at the Iyana Oworo end of the bridge when the operatives restrained her.
The girl reportedly told the RRS men in a light conversation that “I was beaten at home, that is why I ran away to commit suicide”. It was not immediately ascertained whether it was her biological parents or guardian who gave her the beating.
It was further learned that the officers’ attention was drawn to the girl by a dispatch rider who suspected her move and chose to act fast. His quick information to the RRS team prompted them to race to the scene to restrain the girl from her intended suicide mission.
She was subsequently conveyed to Iyana Oworo Police division, where efforts were being made as at press time to contact family members.
No fewer than five persons had committed suicide by jumping into the Lagos Lagoon in the last three years for various personal reasons.
This unholy act has since prompted the Lagos State Police Command authorities to assign officials of the RRS to always patrol the Third Mainland Bridge which is one of the longest bridges in Africa.