Two women were caught attempting to commit suicide on Friday by the Lagos state police.
Taiwo Momoh was caught trying to jump into the Lagos Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge. Mrs Abigail Ogunyinka was already said to have jumped, but had been rescued by nearby fishermen.
Momoh had been in a taxi on the bridge, and told the driver to stop as she came down and attempted to jump over. She was however held by policemen before she could.
The women reportedly jumped over inability to repay debts, with Ogunyinka owing a microfinance bank N150,000.
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Less than a week ago, a doctor had grabbed headlines after he jumped off the popular bridge in a suicide.
“She attempted suicide by trying to jump into the Lagoon around Oworonshoki end of the Mainland on the Third Mainland Bridge. Fortunately for her, she was rescued,” Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Fatai Owoseni said.
“Right now, the woman is still in trauma. She is still insisting that she wants to end her life,” the police boss said.
He added that he was worried about the increasing rate of suicides, and had stationed patrol teams on the bridge to watch out for suicide attempts.
Walking will also be prevented on the bridge and cars will no longer be allowed to park indiscriminately.