The Nigerian army on Monday, disclosed that its 81 Division has prevented a woman, Francesca Spark from committing suicide after she jumped into the Lagos Lagoon.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni.
According to Ayeni, the woman plunged into the lagoon 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 Ayeni’s statement partly read.
Reacting to the development, the General Officer Commanding of the
81 Division, Major General Muhammed Takuti Usman, commended the soldiers for being observant and for their ingenuity, courage, and gallantry.
He noted that 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.
The GOC emphasised the significance of military operations conducted during emergencies or natural disasters.