Joseph Onweji, a 58-year-old man who attempted to jump into the Lagos lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State, on July 24, 2016, made the disclosure in an interview with NewTelegraph.
He 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. He 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.” 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.