To commit suicide no easy – Joseph Onweji, man rescued from lagoon narrates

To commit suicide no easy - Joseph Onweji, man rescued from lagoon narrates
The story of Joseph Onweji went viral on social media after he was rescued by Police officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) as he attempted to jump off the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos on July 24 2016.

Narrating his ordeal, 58-year-old Onweji said:

“I have been sick for a long time. This illness started when I was just 22 years old. It all started after I visited a house I was building in Ibadan..

“Later that day, when I was taking my bath, I felt a burning sensation on my body. I felt really hot. I couldn’t sleep for days. Since that day, I have been feeling restless. I can’t even sleep. I spent two months at a Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba. The doctors were unable to cure me of the illness.

“On on July 24, 2016, I went to the Third Mainland Bridge. I was about to jump when RRS men saved me.

“For anyone to kill himself is not an easy task. If it is easy, I would have done long ago (before RSS officials came). They took me to Alausa, Ikeja. They asked me why I wanted to commit suicide; I told them I was sick.”