A 67-year-old man, Oluwatoye Bamgboye, who attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the lagoon in Lagos State on his birthday has been rescued by the police, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The 67-year-old man was said to have left his home in the Oju Ore area of Ota in Ogun State and was about to jump into the lagoon on the Third Mainland Bridge.
The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) on its verified Facebook page said “Officials of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) on patrol of 3rd Mainland Bridge this afternoon stopped a 67-year-old man from leaping into the Lagoon on his birthday.”
“The elderly man, who gave his name as Oluwatoye Bamgboye, from Oju-Ore, Ogun State, was attempting to jump into the Lagos Lagoon inward Lagos Island when the officers stopped him.”
The unit added that “He disclosed that a personal challenge made him sell his house, land and car. With that, he still couldn’t solve the problem. He got a loan and the problem still persisted.”
RRS also stated that “He explained further that, he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else.”
According to the 67-year-old man, “Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration are too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process.”
The RRS stated that he had been conveyed to Adekunle Police Station where efforts are in progress to contact his family members.