Body recovered not Orji’s, family says
The family of a doctor, Allwell Orji, who jumped off Third Mainland Bridge into the Lagos Lagoon, said on Tuesday that the body recovered from the lagoon was not his.
Orji who was being driven by his driver in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), was receiving a call when he suddenly asked his driver to park before jumping into the lagoon.
Briefing newsmen, spokesman of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Kehinde Adebayo, said the Orji’s family said the body that was recovered was not that of the doctor.
“About five members of his family were there with the driver; also, the Commissioner of Police, General Manager of Inland Waterways and other relevant agencies were there,” Adebayo said.
“The family members looked at the body and confirmed it was not the body of Dr Orji; the clothes on the recovered corpse did not tally with what Orji was said to have been putting on.
He said the agency was alerted by concerned Nigerians when the incident occurred.
According to him, “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 a medical doctor named Orji, suddenly ordered his driver to pull over, dropped from the car and suddenly jumped into the water from the bridge.”
“The General Manager of LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, said proper investigation would be conducted on the incident by the appropriate authorities.”