By Chiemelie Ezeobi
For reasons yet-to-be ascertained, a medical doctor, identified as Dr. Orji, yesterday stopped his vehicle on the Third Mainland Bridge and jumped into the lagoon.
It was gathered that the doctor, who was driven by his driver, had ordered him to park his Pathfinder Nissan Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) marked LND476EE on the bridge, before taking over the steering.
The deceased, who was said to be returning from church, had taken back the car keys from the driver at Adeniji Adele, drove a few metres and then parked before jumping into the lagoon.
As at 7p.m., operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and the Marine Police Unit were still battling to rescue him.
Already, the police have deployed boats and drones in the search and rescue mission.
Confirming the incident, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, said proper investigation would be conducted on the incident by the appropriate authorities.
He said: “The agency received a distress call of a man who parked his grey coloured Nissan SUV with registration number LND 476 EE at about 4.50p.m. on Sunday, around Adekunle, inward Third Mainland Bridge and jumped into the Lagos lagoon.
“Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that the man said to be medical doctor, and named Orji who was said to be driven by his driver, suddenly ordered him (driver) to pull over, got down from the car and suddenly jumped into the water from the bridge.
“The vehicle and driver have been taken to Adeniji Adele Poice Station for further investigation, while effort is ongoing to recover his body from the lagoon.”