- The mother to the doctor Allwell Orji who jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on Sunday, March 19, has expressed optimism that her son will be rescued alive
- Madam Orji said the rescue team will eventually find her son alive and not his body
The mother to the doctor Allwell Orji who jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on Sunday, March 19, has expressed optimism that her son will be rescued alive.
Madam Orji told sympathizers who trooped into her house at No 3 Odunnuku Street, Lagos that the rescue team will eventually find her son.
She said: "I am hopeful that my son will be rescued by the emergency officials and not the recovery of his body.”
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She also revealed that her son who was yet to be married already had marriage plans on the pipeline.
The doctor's mother was also said to have lamented that Orji's driver failed to preempt her about their journey on Sunday.
She said that could have been the reason why he did not alert her immediately the incident occurred.
Meanwhile, recall that the Lagos police command had taken Orji driver into custody.
Madam Orji who called for the release of the driver also expressed fear that the police might torture.
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But the Lagos state commissioner of police Fatai Owoseni said Orji's driver was only put behind the counter and not in a cell.
He also that the era of torture is long gone from the Nigeria Police Force especially within the command.
He further emphasized that reports that Dr. Orji left a note and received a call before jumping into the Lagoon are false.
Also sources at the police station, told Vanguard that the late doctor's driver told police officers that his boss asked him to park by the bridge side for him to urinate.
The police source said: "The driver stated that he never had any idea of what would happen. He said he obeyed his boss by stopping the car as directed but that to his dismay, his boss jumped into the lagoon before he could reach out to him.”
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However, Orji's neigbhours said they are finding hard to believe the doctor jumped into the Lagoon.
One of the neigbhours, Simeon said: “He was not an introvert, which rules out the possibility of his being depressed. He was an extrovert, who had passion for his job."
Meanwhile, it was business as usual for Orji's colleagues at the Mt. Sinai.
They were attending to patients during a visit to the hospital, although effort to speak with management of the institution was futile.
Orji jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on Sunday, March 19, after he told his driver to park his car, a Nissan SUV, number plates LND476EE, by the bridge side.
Officials of the Marine Police, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and local drivers began a rescue operation immediately.
Meanwhile, the general manager of LASEMA on Monday, March 20, said the search for Orji has been expanded further than where it happened.
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He noted that local fishermen have also been engaged in the rescue operation.
“Also deployed were the Lagos Ferry Services and the Lagos Waterways Agency patrol boats, which were deployed to the waterways.
We have informed residents to look out for floating bodies and we have also contacted the family which is still in shock.”
Recall, that a registered Nigerian nurse bearing the same name with Dr. Orji had debunked reports that he was the one who committed took his life.
The nurse in a recent Instagram post said he had to make a video debunking his own death after his picture made its way to the media as the doctor who committed jumped into the Lagoon on Sunday.
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