Orji, 35, who was the first of three chidren and was not married is yet to be found in the lagoon by the officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and the divers who has been in search of his body since on Monday.
It was gathered that the two men who interrogated those entering the premises at Orji mother’s house in Odunukan Street, Abule Ijesha, Yaba, Lagos, said, “Please respect our grief. This is a difficult time for us and we don’t want to make comments on this issue. It is not something to be celebrated.”
The family further said, “This is not a case of a grandfather that died and we want to celebrate it. This whole issue has been difficult for us. The mother is up there, not talking to anyone. Not even us who are very close relatives. People have been around her since yesterday so that she doesn’t do anything drastic. She is yet to accept that he could be dead.
“She doesn’t even accept people’s sympathies and condolences. As a Christian, she believes in God that a miracle could happen and that her son won’t die. She believes he’s just missing and would return alive.
“We can’t allow you in. We won’t also comment on it. Not today, not any day. We are not interested in talking about this issue. But I can tell you he’s not the person in the picture they have been circulating online. That’s not my doctor. So many falsehoods have been circulated online in respect of this matter. We are not too pleased about it, but we won’t be pushed to comment.”
At the Mt. Sinai Hospital in Mushin, where he worked, it was gathered that Orji was on duty Friday night.
An official described him as “dutiful and mostly on night duty”.
He said: “I am not allowed to speak to you. We run a central administrative system. I advise you go to the head office at Surulere. There, they would attend to you. He’s not the person in the picture being circulated. That’s not Dr Oji. And he was not fired either. He was at work on Friday. I saw him. He didn’t show any sign of depression. He appeared normal to me.”
At the 30, Falolu Street, Surulere head office of the hospital, the Chief Medical Director was said to be unavailable.
The hospital declined comments.
LASEMA’s General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, who was at the scene, said it would be wrong to assume the worst for now, adding that they would rather wait till Orji was found.
Tiamiyu, however, noted that the water reaches high tide around the place Orji jumped into the lagoon at Adeniji Adele on the Third Mainland Bridge.
He said: “We are still searching for the body. We have expanded the search to go further than the point it happened. We have told local men around to watch out for any floating body and we have engaged local divers to look around for us. Patrol boats are in the water going round. We would continue to search for him.
“The family is traumatised at this point and unwilling to speak on the issue. I want us to respect their wishes please. We have established contact with the family and expressed the government’s sincere wishes to them. We would also go back at a time they feel better because we would like to know what happened so that Lagosians and Nigerians can learn a lesson or two from it.
“It’s an unfortunate situation. But what do we do? The driver is with the police. The police would be more involved in the investigation. If we are able to pick one or two things, we would pass it across. I am not aware of any suicide note. His phone and car are with the police.”
Emergency workers hinted it would take at least 24 hours more for the body to float, adding that there was the possibility he may never be found.
According to them, the body could be stuck in the ground, if where he landed on was muddy. They also said there was the possibility that the tide might have pushed him to another location.