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Details emerge of Doctor who jumped into lagoon as mum says he’ll be rescued

More details have emerged on the medical doctor who jumped into the lagoon in Lagos State.
The doctor was said to have told his driver to park around the Adekunle axis of the Third Mainland Bridge on Sunday and jumped into the lagoon.
As at press time, he was yet to be found by the search and rescue team put in place for the purpose.
However, more details have emerged on the doctor who was simply identified as Orji on Sunday.
His name is Dr. Oji Allwell Chiawolamoke.
He resides at 3 Odunnukan Street, Abule Ijesha, Yaba, Lagos State.
Chiawolamoke was said to be staying in the apartment with his mum until that Sunday.
Chiawolamoke, born on May 21 and in his mid-30s, is said to be a 2008 medical graduate (MBBS) of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.
He is said to be a Locum Medical Officer (part time doctor) with Mount Sinai Hospital, Lagos.
Another graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Dr. Attah Essien, on Monday claimed to know Chiawolamoke.
Attah, who studied Medicine and Surgery, said on his Facebook wall: “Dr. Orji Allwell was my junior and also a graduate of College of Medicine University of Lagos.
“Indeed I left the great citadel of learning just when he was learning the rudiments of the profession hence our paths never crossed but if they had, I would have embraced him like a brother and share ward round tales of how we survived the likes of Professor Bode and Professor Odum.
“But Dr. Orji is dead.
“I heard he jumped off Third Mainland Bridge in an apparent suicide.
“What could have pushed the young man to take his own life?
“What level of frustration can kill the joy of life in an intelligent young man?
“Indeed the dark-side of Medicine in Nigeria has once again reared its ugly head.
“A profession that is in the final death throes of extinction has claimed another victim.
“Indeed many see Doctors as being on top of the food chain hence they carry a heavy burden.
“Numerous relatives feast on their finances like hungry vultures who keep on coming back for more carion.
“They can never take no for answer for it is said Doctors always have money as if they work in Nigerian Mint.”
Meanwhile, the search for Chiawolamoke did not yield any result on Monday.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency confirmed late on Monday that the rescue operation was still on as there has been no trace of the medical doctor.
The ‎LASEMA General Manager, Adeshina Tiamiyu, said: “The body is yet to be recovered as the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and other stakeholders are still on ground.
“The marine police and local divers are still combing the area.”
But Chiawolamoke’s mum has expressed confidence that her son would be found.
She told sympathisers who came to their residence that all hope was not lost.
Most of those that came visiting were church members, while some were at the search and rescue operation point by the lagoon all day on Monday.