The Lagos State Pollice Commissioner has confirmed the recovery of the body of the medical doctor who jumped into a lagoon in the state.
Channels TV reports that the body of the doctor who worked at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Surulere area of the state before his demise was recovered by the Marine Police at the Onikan end of the lagoon after he jumped into the water on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni who confirmed the recovery of the body, said that the Marine Police had expanded their search from the spot Dr. Orji jumped after following the search that lasted more than 24 hours.
The deceased, according to close neighbours, had attempted to commit suicide a number of times in the past and about four years ago, had allegedly jumped down from the family's two-storey building at Odunukan Street, Ebute-Ejigbo, off Morroco Road, near the University of Lagos.
One neighbour narrated how he had been kept under close observation by the after the incident:
"Four years ago, he attempted to kill himself and, thereafter, had tried doing so on a number of times and 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," the neighbor said.
Another neighbour described Dr. Orji as quiet and gentle:
“He was such a gentle boy who never made any trouble. Perhaps the driver who drove him didn’t know about his condition because he was engaged about three months ago."
Dr. Orji was said to be on his way to Victoria Island for a meeting with the Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria when he received a call and asked his driver to pull over on the bridge and jumped into the lagoon before anyone could stop him.