By Ifeanyi Okolie
A 24-year-old woman, Mary Odo, who attempted to commit suicide last Monday by jumping into the lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, was rescued by fishermen before she could drown.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that the dark-skinned woman had trekked from the Oworoshoki end to the middle of the bridge before jumping into the water. The eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Ade, told Vanguard that some fishermen under the bridge saw her when she jumped into the water and went after her.
Ade said: “I was heading towards Oworoshoki when I saw her at the other side of the bridge. She was putting on a white shirt and black trousers. I didn’t know where she was heading to, but the next sound I heard was that of splashing.
“I turned but couldn’t find her. Later I discovered that she had jumped into the water as some fishermen, who were fishing under the bridge on a wooden boat, were frantically trying to rescue her. They brought her out, resuscitated her and took her to Bariga Police Division.”
When Vanguard met the woman, who is a native of Igede in Benue State, she said she was frustrated in life and that she needed a quiet death.
She said: “My boyfriend cheated on me. He impregnated another woman without letting me know. We have been going out for more than one year and he promised to get married to me.All of a sudden, I learnt he had impregnated another woman.
“I am also uneducated. I didn’t attend primary or secondary school. I came to Lagos in 2008 and I got a job as a housemaid, but I have not been so comfortable with my educational status.
“The woman who I was working for at Ajao-Estate had promised to assist me in my education; but I later realised that she wasn’t ready for it, and then I had to quit.
“I became completely frustrated in life and I thought of killing myself. I felt stabbing myself to death would have been more painful, so I decided to jump into the river and allow myself drown to death.
“I called my mother last Friday and told her I will be sending N50,000 to her, which was all the money I had in my account and told her that I wanted to travel abroad and would not return anytime soon.
“On Monday by 7: 30pm, I boarded a bus going to CMS from my area at Iyano-Ipaja and I alighted at Oworoshoki Bus stop. Then I trekked to the middle of the bridge and jumped into the water.
“I didn’t know some fishermen were fishing under the bridge and they came after me and rescued me. They later brought me to the station where I have been well taken care off.”