The Lagos State Emergency and Management Agency on Tuesday called on fishermen, business persons and other Nigerians that ply the Lagos waterways to immediately report any floating body to the Marine Police.
The General Manager of LASEMA, Tiamiyu Adesina, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, against the backdrop of the search for the body of Dr. Allwell Oji, who jumped into the lagoon on Sunday.
He said that anyone with information about a body on the waterways could also call the Emergency Toll Free Number: 767 or 112.
Adesina reiterated that a body, which was earlier recovered from the lagoon by the State Marine Office of the Lagos State Police Command on Awolowo Road, was not that of Oji.
He said: “A body was recovered today from the lagoon; the body was recovered by the state marine office of the Lagos State Police on Awolowo Road.
“About five members of his family were there with the driver; also, the Commissioner of Police, General Manager of Inland Waterways and other relevant agencies were there.
“The family members looked at the body and confirmed it was not the body of Dr. Oji; the clothes on the recovered corpse did not tally with what Oji was said to have been putting on.
“The unidentified body was handed over to LASEMA officials and taken away by the State Environment Health Monitoring Unit.”
According to Adesina, the search for the body of Oji continues and any other investigation that will lead to the identity of the recovered body will be handled by the police.
NAN reports that Oji, on March 19, reportedly jumped from the Third Mainland Bridge into the lagoon at about 4:45pm, on his way to Victoria Island, where he was said to have been going for a meeting at the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Oji was said to have told his driver to park his Nissan Sports Utility Vehicle marked LND 476 EE at the Adeniji Adele end of the bridge on the excuse that he wanted to urinate.
As he came down, the doctor was said to have jumped off the bridge into the water.