(VIDEO) MOTHER Says Body Found NOT Nigerian Physician Who Jumped off Bridge. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the recovery of a body on Tuesday. He said the body was recovered by the Marine Police at the Onikan end of the lagoon. The body was found three days after the incident occurred. Until his death, Dr. Orji worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Surulere area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria. He was said to be on his way to Victoria Island for a meeting with the Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria when the incident happened.
Before he finally succeeded in taking his life on Sunday, March 19 by jumping into the Lagos lagoon, Allwell Orji, a medical doctor, had earlier attempted to kill himself. SEE UPDATE BELOW
Neighbours at the family residence of the victim located on Odunukan street, Ebute-Ejigbo, Yaba area of Lagos say he tried to kill himself four years ago:
“Four years ago he attempted to kill himself and, thereafter, had tried doing so on a number of times. Since then, his family had been monitoring him. We don’t know the kind of sickness he was suffering from, but we knew he was being monitored. That was why he was assigned a driver to take him around. He was such a gentle boy, who never made any trouble. His family has lived on this street for long; his father died four years ago. Perhaps the driver who drove him didn’t know about his condition because he was engaged about three months ago.”
The chief medical director of Mount Sinai hospital,where he worked, Adedoyin Adeniran:
“We don’t want to conclude that he is gone, more so when his body has not been found. It is only his family that can speak on that.”
A staff of the hospital also said:
“Dr Orji was such a dedicated person. He was the firstborn of his family. He was a thoroughbred doctor who paid profound attention to the very minute things in Medicine. He was such a quiet person and at the same time very active. He was most preferred by our patients. In fact, when some patients came here and he had not arrived, they would wait for him. He was sure to get to the root of things by asking penetrating questions. That was his trademark and why he was so much loved. Last Friday, he was here and we all played with him. We jocularly asked him to go and eat but he said he was going to see his patients in the ward. But we literally forced him to do so.”
Another staff said he was:
“an easy-going person. He was every lady’s man. Last Friday, when he was here, he showed no signs that he was going through any form of challenges. His mother is a director in one of the banks. She was always coming to check on him.He was such a happy person and the favourite doctor among our patients. He would listen to his patients and spend long hours with them. Even after treating his patients, he always called on them to find out how they were doing. He had personal relationships with them. The vehicle he was actually riding in belonged to his mother. Oftentimes, the driver used to bring him to work and came to pick him. It was sad that he had to take his own life.”
UPDATE: Less than 72 hours after Dr. Allwell Orji of Mount Sinai Hospital plunged into the Lagos lagoon along the Adekunle-Adeniji end of the Third Mainland Bridge, the search for his body still continues.
Moments ago, reports surfaced on social media that the body of the doctor was found at the Onikan end of the Lagos lagoon by divers of the Lagos State Marine Police.
The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) shared the same information saying “body of Doctor who jumped into Lagos Lagoon on Sunday evening has just been recovered by Marine Police.”
However the RRS has now disclosed that the body found in the lagoon was not that of the Doctor.
“The mother of Dr. Allwell Orji had come to identify the body and she said the deceased wasn’t her son”.
Meanwhile, the management of Mount Sinai Hospital, where the late Dr. Orji worked declined comment on the matter. When contacted, an officer of the hospital who identified herself simply as Mercy told InsideMainland that “we are not authorized to speak on the matter. He was one of us and the management is grieving with the family on this sad incident. It is best you direct all inquiries to them.”