A woman identified as Mrs Francesca Spark was rescued by the Nigerian soldiers after she jumped into the Lagos Lagoon in an attempt to take her own life.
CONVERSEER learned that Mrs Spark was rescued by Nigerian Army soldiers operating under 81 Division on Monday, November 6, 2023.
According to Lt. Col. Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 81 Division, Mrs Spark plunged into the Lagos Lagoon around 81 Division Officers’ Mess, Marina Lagos in an attempt to take her own life.
“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 stabilised by the battalion medical team. After stabilisation, the family was contacted and she was handed over to her husband, one Mr Spark Oghene Ovie residing at Awoyaya Lagos,” Ayeni said.
The Army Spokesperson further stated that “The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division NA, Major General Muhammed Takuti Usman has commended the soldiers for being observant, and for their ingenuity, courage, and gallantry.
“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 is a military operation other than war conducted during emergencies or natural disasters affirmed that troops have been trained to support leading agencies during emergencies.
“He assured residents of the NA’s commitment to protect them and their properties even during emergencies.”
The reason for Mrs Spark’s action could not be ascertained at press time.