Depression: Woman jumps into lagoon

Taiwo Jimoh /


Police in Lagos have rescued a 30-year-old woman, who jumped into the Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge.

The victim, Onyeka Oforjamah, reportedly left her house at Ibafo in Ogun State with the intention to commit suicide at the Adekunle Intersection on the bridge.

The woman, believed to be suffering from depression, was said to have arrived the area about 7a.m. on Monday and was walking from one post to the other before she suddenly jumped into the lagoon.

However, policemen attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) stationed on the bridge and local divers immediately rescued her.

A witness, Sunday Gbeto, said he and others were on the lagoon to fish when they suddenly saw the woman who dived into the water.

He said: “Initially we thought the woman was among the passengers of a commercial bus which broke down on the bridge that fateful day; that was why we didn’t suspect her.

“We were busy checking our nets when the RRS policemen called on us that a woman had dived into the water. We immediately searched for her and rescued her.”

A fisherman, who gave his name simply as Sunday, said when the woman was brought out from the lagoon, it was discovered that she was suffering from depression.

He said: “But she was able to disclose that she came from Ibafo in Ogun State. She said she was tired of life and that was why she wanted to end her life.

“We advised her that ending her life was not the solution to her problem. The policemen bought food for her and called for ambulance that took her to a psychiatric hospital at Yaba, to ascertain her state of health.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident.

He said on Monday about 9a.m. the police received a distress call about a woman from Ogun State who jumped into the lagoon.
Oti added that the victim was rescued by local divers and policemen on the bridge.
The PPRO said the woman had been taken to the Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, for treatment.