A 67-year-old man, Abraham Olayinka, was rescued after attempting suicide by jumping into Asa River on Abdulwahab Folawiyo, Unity Road, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Traders within the vicinity, who saw him jump into the river, reportedly drew the attention of security men around the area to the incident.
A commercial motorcyclist, Mohammad Abubakar, and some fishermen were said to have jumped into the river to rescue the man.
Head of Media and Publicity of the Kwara State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, said Olayinka was unstable when he was first brought out from the water.
Adekunle explained that the man was revived and taken to a hospital where he was stabilised.
Adekunle said the victim refused to state the reason for attempting suicide despite the pressure mounted on him by the fire service.
However, it was gathered that Olayinka recently lamented about losing N30,000 to some thieves and that the money belonged to a friend.
The commercial motorcyclist who rescued him, Abubakar, said, “I was riding along this area when I saw people gathering around the river bridge. I decided to stop to see what was actually going on, and I was told the old man jumped into the river and there was nobody to help him.”
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