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Cement thief dies after jumping into Lagos lagoon to evade arrest

Homicide detectives from the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba, have recovered the body of a young man, Azeez, who allegedly jumped into the…

Homicide detectives from the Lagos State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Yaba, have recovered the body of a young man, Azeez, who allegedly jumped into the lagoon in the Ikoyi area of the state to avoid his arrest.

The man was chased by a security guard, identified as Elijah Amos, for allegedly stealing some bags of cement.

Crime & City learnt that the suspect jumped into the lagoon from the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge on Wednesday.

His lifeless body was recovered by homicide detectives on Friday and has since been deposited at the Lagos Mainland hospital mortuary.

The Lagos State Police spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said on Friday, at about 12.20pm, the Director in charge of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) operation in Lagos Central, said he received a call that there was an incident at the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge.

Hundeyin said the LASEMA Director of Operation, further said that on getting to the scene, he met a large crowd by the waterside watching the lifeless body of a man who had drowned.

“The deceased was later identified as Azeez. He was later confirmed to be dead by the paramedics of pre-hospital care of Lagos.

“It was discovered that one Elijah Amis was pursuing the deceased before the deceased jumped into the lagoon because he was alleged to have stolen some bags of cement.

“The scene was visited by homicide detectives while the body was evacuated to the Mainland general hospital, Yaba, for autopsy and preservation while investigation goes on,” he added.

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