Some men of the Nigerian Army have prevented a woman identified as Francesca Spark from committing suicide in Lagos State.

The soldiers operating under 81 Division NA were passing through the Lagos Lagoon around 81 Division Officers’ Mess, Marina Lagos when they noticed the woman attempting to take her own life.

Suicide: Soldiers Rescue Woman From Jumping Into Lagos Lagoon
Photo of woman rescued from committing suicide

Acting Deputy Director, of Army Public Relations, Lt. Col Olabisi Ayeni, gave details of the rescue.

It was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.


The Rescue

According to him, after the successful rescue, the woman was given first aid and stabilised by the battalion medical team.

He added that after stabilisation, the family was contacted.


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That was when she was handed over to her husband, one Mr Spark Oghene Ovie, residing at Awoyaya Lagos.

The statement read: “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.

“The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division NA, Major General Muhammed Takuti Usman has commended the soldiers.

“This is for being observant, and for their ingenuity, courage, and gallantry.


Critical Situation

“The GOC said he is pleased that soldiers brought their training in disaster management to bear in such a critical situation that could have claimed the life of a fellow citizen.

“Maj Gen Usman, who said such an operation was a military operation other than war conducted during emergencies or natural disasters, affirmed that troops had been trained to support leading agencies during emergencies.”


The GOC assured Nigerians of Army’s commitment to protecting them and their properties even during emergencies.


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