The officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) have revealed that they are still searching for Allwell Orji who jumped into the Lagos Lagoon on Sunday.
The officials were joined in the search by local divers. Marine boats were seen patrolling about 10 miles radius from the suspected point of contact for a possible location, said LASWA’s Managing Director, Ms. Bisola Kamson in the afternoon on Monday.
According to The Nation, LASEMA’s General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu who was at the scene said it would be wrong to assume if the doctor was dead or alive, adding that they would rather wait till he was found.
He said: “We are still searching for the body. We have expanded the search to go further than the point it happened. We have told local men around to watch out for any floating body and we have engaged local divers to look around for us. Patrol boats are in the water going round. We would continue to search for him.
“The family is traumatised at this point and unwilling to speak on the issue. I want us to respect their wishes please. We have established contact with the family and expressed government’s sincere wishes to them. We would also go back at a time they feel better because we would like to know what happen so that Lagosians and Nigerians can learn a lesson or two from it.
“It’s an unfortunate situation. But what do we do? The driver is with the police. The police would be more involved in the investigation. If we are able to pick one or two things, we would pass it across. I am not aware of any suicide note. His phone and car are with the police.”
Speaking further, emergency workers revealed that it would take at least 24 hours more for the body to float, adding that there was a possibility he might never be found.
According to them, the body could be stuck in the ground, if the part he landed was muddy. They also said there’s a possibility the water tide might have pushed him to another location.