Local divers and responders yesterday continued to search for a woman who reportedly jumped into Lagos lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday. This came as Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) yesterday appealed to residents with case of a missing person to come forward. This was even as conflicting reports about the woman circulated on the social media yesterday.
While some reports said that the woman committed suicide after DNA analysis carried out by her supposed husband on her three children proved that he was not the biological father of the kids. Others said that the woman took her life because her nude pictures were circulating on the media.
Impeccable sources said that the picture of a car being circulated on the social media was not that of the victim but of a good Samaritan who wanted to prevent the woman from suicide.
It was learnt that the car actually belongs to the man’s wife who was a former Human Resources Manager of an ICT company, Interswitch. The victim did not come with a car, it was learnt.
But the LASEMA General Manager, Mr. Tiamiyu Adeshina, said that the agency had no clue about the identity of the woman but said that search for the body was ongoing. Adeshina, however, called on the residents with missing person to come forward or report to the nearest police station or call the 767 or 112.
He also appealed to the people working or living near the lagoon to alert the government when they observe strange human body on the water. He said that efforts had also been intensified to search for the body, adding that all relevant stakeholders in the marine sector, especially the local divers, fishermen and other relevant group or individuals had been engaged.
Meanwhile, efforts were ongoing to know the true identity of the woman, as arrays of unconfirmed stories of the woman and the perceived reasons for the suicide were circulated on the social media. One of the stories reads: “Latest on the lady who jumped to her death into the lagoon in Lagos.
Her husband’s name is Tunde. He works with Access Bank. Last week, her husband carried out DNA on their children and result proved that he does not father any of them. “In order to avoid the inevitable humiliation that will follow, she decided to end it all.
This is coming from Ray Power.” But the management of Interswitch, in a statement, debunked the rumour of their staff jumping into lagoon. “We have become aware of a short video circulating on social networks and chat platforms, of a vehicle linked to Interswitch at the scene of an incident on the Third Mainland bridge yesterday afternoon.
“We would like to categorically state that while the vehicle belongs to a former member of our staff, the driver of the vehicle was a first-responder who stopped to assist with rescue.
No Interswitch staff jumped into the lagoon as being erroneously speculated.” Meanwhile, the police said investigation into the report of the yet-to-be-identified lady who jumped into the lagoon had commenced.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Chike Oti, who disclosed this, said though the police had not received any official report, and that they were already making efforts to find out the true story. Oti said that the report of their investigation would be made public as soon as the police found anything.
He said: “There is no official report yet. It is the news making the rounds. However, our rescue team is searching, divers and Marine policemen are working. “We cannot act on the vehicle people claimed they found on the Third Mainland Bridge. We are also going to work with other relevant agencies to get to the conclusion of the matter.”