"I Tried To Jump Into Lagoon To End 36-Year Illness" - Man (Pic)


A 58 year old man has disclosed
why he attempted to jump into
the lagoon from the Third
Mainland Bridge at Oworoshoki
area of Lagos State. The man,
who introduced himself as Mr. Joseph Onweji, said he had been
ill for over 36 years.
He said the illness used to make
him uncomfortable, restless and
sleepless. Sick and tired of being
uncomfortable, with no solution in sight, he decided to end it all.
He was about to take the plunge
into the lagoon when officials of
the Rapid Response Squad
(RRS ), grabbed him.
Onweji, who attempted to take his life on July 24, spoke with
New Telegraph in his home, at
Iju - Ishaga , Lagos, on Monday.
He said he had been sick for
According to him, he became afflicted with the mysterious
illness after he visited the site,
where he was building his
house. He said: “I have been sick
for a long time. This illness
started when I was just 22 years old. I was building a two -
bedroom flat at Ibadan.
On one occasion, when I visited
my site, I noticed that unknown
people abandoned plywood in
front of my doorstep. Later that day, when I was taking my bath,
I felt a burning sensation on my
I felt really hot. I couldn’t sleep
for days. Since that day, I have
been feeling restless. I can’t even sleep. ” Onweji added that he
spent two months at a
Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, where
he received all sorts of
He said that the doctors were unable to cure him of the illness.
When asked why he picked that
particular day to kill himself,
Onweji said: “On that Sunday,
about noon, I went to the Third
Mainland Bridge. I was about to jump when RRS men saved me.
They took me to Alausa, Ikeja.
They asked me why I wanted to
commit suicide; I told them I was
sick.” Asked why he hadn’t
killed himself years ago, he said: “For anyone to kill himself is not
an easy task. If it is easy, I would
have done long ago. ” Onweji
said his wife and children had
been taking good care of him.