Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command managed to prevent a 67-year-old man from committing suicide on his birthday.
The elderly man, identified as Oluwatoye Bamgboye, from Oju-Ore, Ogun State, was stopped from jumping into the lagoon by the officers on patrol of the 3rd Mainland Bridge on Tuesday, April 5.
Speaking on what led him to attempt suicide, Bamgboye revealed that he had to sell his house, land, and automobile due to a personal difficulty. With that, he still couldn’t solve the problem. He got a loan and the problem still persisted.
He further explained hat he secured a job and on the resumption date, he was informed that the job had been given to someone else.
He also stated that as a result of all the problems he encountered, his wife left him.
“Today being my birthday, I have decided to end it all. The burden and the frustration is too much for me to bear. My wife has abandoned me in the process,” he said.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the police said the 67-year-old man was attempting to jump into the Lagos Lagoon inward Lagos Island when the officers stopped him.