Wednesday 3 January 2024

Osun: NSCDC rescues suicidal woman who jumped into river

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday said it rescued a middle-aged woman who jumped into the Gbodofon River in a suicide bid in Osogbo, Osun.

A statement by NSCDC spokesperson Adeleke Kehinde said officers of the NSCDC command pulled the woman out of the river on Tuesday after receiving a distress call that someone had jumped into the river.

“The Search and Rescue Team of the command received a distress call from a member of the public and in less than ten minutes, our officers were at the scene to rescue the victim.

“The victim, a middle-aged woman, was resuscitated and later taken to the hospital for medical attention.” the statement said.

It said the victim, after becoming conscious, explained that she came from Iragbiji to Osogbo to commit suicide by jumping into the Gbodofon River.

NSCDC said the woman added that she decided to end her life because she was feeling fire burning in her body, and the only way to quench the fire was to jump into the river.

NSCDC commandant Agboola Sunday commended the security agency’s personnel for being responsive and bringing their training in disaster management to bear.

“Agboola assured residents of the command’s commitment to protect lives and property, even during emergencies.

“He enjoined residents to take care of their mental health, adding that his men would pay close attention to all the rivers in the state to prevent people from jumping into them to commit suicide,” said the statement.


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