A Lagos-based doctor has reportedly jumped off the famous Third Mainland Bridge in apparent suicide.
According to Punch, the yet-to-be identified man stopped his driver on the bridge, saying he needed to check something on the body of the Nissan Xterra they were driving. But the doctor quickly rushed to the side of the bridge and jumped off it into the lagoon.
This was witnessed by many passersby who took to Twitter to share their story and also a photo of the doctor’s SUV. It is unclear why the unnamed man chose to take his own life.
The rate of suicide in the country has been on a steady increase. In early March, an Ado-Ekiti man, Ariyo Olanrewaju Taiwo took his own life just hours after hinting on it on his Facebook. And also, only last month, a disturbing video of an Edo man quarreling with neighbours who saved him from his burning house surfaced on social media.
In both cases, the reasons for the suicides came only after the victims turned up dead, and this has started a conversation on the importance of having a national suicide prevention hotline, to help intervene and possibly curb the rate of such deaths.
Regarding today’s incident, the police had yet to make a statement as at press time.
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