The Nigerian army, operating under 81 Division, has prevented a suicide attempt by a woman identified as Mrs. Francesca Spark from killing herself after she jumped into the Lagos Lagoon.
This was announced by the Army in a statement issued early on Monday morning by Lieutenant Colonel Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations.
According to Ayeni, the woman dove into the lagoon at around 81 Division Officers’ Mess, Marina Lagos.
“The troops of 65 Battalion NA deployed at the Officers’ Mess, who sighted Mrs Spark quickly used their military riverine skills and ingenuity to rescue her. She was given first aid and stabilized by the battalion medical team. After stabilization, the family was contacted and she was handed over to her husband, one Mr Spark Oghene Ovie residing at Awoyaya Lagos,” the statement partly read.
Major General Muhammad Takuti Usman, the General Officer Commanding of the 81 Division, praised the soldiers for their bravery, inventiveness, and observance.
The General Officer expressed his satisfaction with the soldiers’ use of their crisis management training in a life-threatening scenario.
The importance of military activities carried out in times of emergency or natural disaster was stressed by Maj Gen Usman.