According to reports on Wednesday, Odunare Olalekan, a 21-year-old man spotted in a viral video on Tuesday, committed suicide in Epe, Epe Local Government Area, Lagos State. Olalekan was sitting on the bridge handrail, then suddenly jumped into the river around Berger Bridge in Epe.
During the 30-second video, the person who captured the scene was overheard asking Olalekan what was wrong with him, but according to sources, Olalekan who left a one year old child, had told his father, Mr Odunare, to pray for him a few hours earlier.
“He also told his girlfriend who is 19 years old to take care of his baby.
“Thereafter, he left to the bridge side to commit suicide by jumping inside the creek, without giving any reason for such action to his family,” the source, a family member said.
Olalekan holds an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) certificate and works at Alaro City, a mega estate along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
The family friend further narrated: “For some time now, Olalekan has been acting strangely.
“For more than a week, he couldn’t sleep. He just woke up yesterday (Tuesday) to say he was going. They asked him, ‘going where?
“They tried to hold him but he overpowered the people around because he was very strong.
“Maybe it was a spiritual attack. But we could not ascertain that. He just woke up and said he was going and that they should pray for him.
“They held him but he overpowered them and went straight to his girlfriend’s house to tell her to take care of his child because they might not see each other again.”
It was gathered that his brother who stays in Ajah saw the viral video and alerted the family.
“He told their father that they should not bother looking for Lekan because he saw him on Berger Bridge as he jumped into the lagoon and he must have died,” the source further said.
Another source revealed that Lekan died a few months after his sister, a student of the Lagos State University (LASU), collapsed and died while writing exams.
When asked why he wasn’t saved by the person who recorded him at the scene, the family friend said, “The person that made the video was alerted by some motorists on Lekki-Epe expressway and he was walking towards him while recording but he could not catch up with him.
“The guy was far away from him. He was about to hold him when he jumped inside the river. Nobody could hold him there except somebody who can swim.”
At the time of filing this report, his body has still not been found almost 48 hours after his disappearance with sources saying that rescue efforts are being slowed down by hyacinths in the river.
CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command is yet to respond on the incident as of the time of filing this report.