Army rescues lady from committing suicide in lagoon

By Nudoiba Ojen

Men of the Nigerian Army have prevented a lady from killing herself in the Lagos Lagoon.

The Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Lt Col. Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.

Ayeni said, “Nigerian Army soldiers, operating under 81 Division NA, have gallantly prevented a suicide attempt by one Mrs Francesca, who plunged into the Lagos Lagoon around 81 Division Officers’ Mess, Marina Lagos in an attempt to take her own life.

“The troops of 65 Battalion NA deployed at the Officers’ Mess, who sighted the woman quickly used their military riverine skills and ingenuity to rescue her. She was given first aid and stabilized by the battalion medical team.”

The army stated that after she was stabilised, “the family was contacted and she was handed over to her husband residing at Awoyaya Lagos”.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division NA, Major General Muhammed Takuti Usman, commended the soldiers for being observant, and for their ingenuity, courage, and gallantry.

The GOC who said he was pleased that the soldiers brought their training in disaster management to bear in such a critical situation that could have claimed the life of a fellow citizen, said, “Such an operation is a military operation other than war conducted during emergencies or natural disasters affirmed that troops have been trained to support leading agencies during emergencies”.

He assured residents of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to protect them and their properties even during emergencies.

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