23 March 2017

Nigeria: Police Recover Orji's Body

Lagos — The body of Dr. Allwell Orji, the medical doctor who committed suicide last Sunday by jumping into the Lagos lagoon, had been found.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed this yesterday evening, said the marine police discovered the body intact around the CMS area in Lagos about 4:00p.m. yesterday. The doctor's family members, as well as his driver, Henry Ita, who drove him in his (Orji's) Nissan sports utility vehicle to the point on the Third Mainland Bridge where he alighted and took the plunge, were said to have identified the new body as the medical doctor's.

Owoseni said an autopsy would be carried out on the body to ascertain the health of the deceased at the time of the suicide as the police continue investigation into why the doctor took his life.

The Police Commissioner had earlier said the police would be conducting a forensic test on the phones belonging to Dr. Orji to facilitate investigation.

Owoseni disclosed that the doctor's phones were recovered minutes after the incident occurred, and that they were in possession of the police. He told journalists yesterday that the phones were still functional and the police were collaborating with the service providers on using the latter's technical platform to investigate who the doctor called and what he discussed before he took the lagoon dive.

"I was personally at the scene of the incident and I was there when the vehicle was searched. The rumour that there was a suicide note in the car was wrong. There was no suicide note," he added.

Meanwhile, the CP disclosed that five robbery suspects and five suspected kidnappers were arrested within one week in different parts of the state. According to him, two suspected robbers were shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with the police. Four different types of firearms, with 21 ammunitions and five motorcycles were recovered during the period.

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