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Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Saintsquare(m): 7:04am On Nov 26, 2013
A 25-year-old man, Toheeb Jimoh, has drowned in a Lagos river while reportedly swimming to win a bet.

He had allegedly bragged that he could swim the Lagos Lagoon from a particular point to the shore on Saturday evening.

It was learnt that when some people challenged his claim, he had allegedly dared them to place a bet. After the bet was placed, he reportedly went on a boat to the point and jumped into the lagoon hoping to swim to the shore.

Friends of the deceased, who had accompanied him on a boat, were said to have fled the scene after he did not make it out of the water.

The incident, which occurred at Aiyedun Street, Bariga, was said to have caused commotion among residents who trooped to the site, hoping to save Jimoh.

The corpse of Jimoh was said to have been recovered around 7pm same day and buried beside the water around 12am in line with the traditions.

Our correspondent learnt that the late Abeokuta, Ogun State indigene, had only recently gained admission into the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta before the tragedy struck.

A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said, “He and some of his friends were actually fond of betting and gambling. So that evening, they decided to take the betting to another level. Toheeb told them he could swim from the Third Mainland Bridge end of the river to the shore.

“When the boat they took got to that point, which was a little close to the shore, he gave his clothes to his brother and jumped into the water.

“His friends who were in the boat waited for him at the shore without success. After it dawned on them that something was amiss, his younger brother raised the alarm. By the time people got to the scene, he had died.”

When PUNCH Metro visited the site where the incident took place, he observed that the scene was directly under the Third Mainland Bridge.

Leaves, pure water sachets, and other dirt were seen floating on the river shore. The area was mainly occupied by shanties and make-shift structures.

Residents of the area refused to comment for fear of being implicated.

When our correspondent visited the Jimohs on Ajenifuja Street, he was told they had traveled to complete the burial rites. Their bungalow was also quiet, while the street was deserted.

A resident on the street, Tiamiyu Abdullateef, said the deceased was highly pious.

He said Jimoh had earlier gone on a boat to “play a game with his friends”, and returned without any incident.

Abdullateef, however, said the deceased merely went to the lagoon to defecate after he became pressed.

“Then, he decided to swim and wash his body. His brother, Wale, waited at the shore. When he was swimming back, he just lost breath, and was exhausted. His brother saw him drowning but did not suspect that anything was wrong until it was too late.”

When our correspondent visited Bariga Police Station, a senior official told him that the police heard about the case informally.

The officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak for the police, said, “It was not reported here, and there is little we can do although we heard of it,”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said she was in a conference and promised to call back.
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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Rednaxelot: 7:16am On Nov 26, 2013
Friends of the deceased, who
had accompanied
him on a boat, were said to
have fled the scene
after he did not make it out of
the water.
igi da, eiye fo!

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by tyson99(m): 7:35am On Nov 26, 2013
Rednaxelot: igi da, eiye fo!
Wetin u expect b4......ta lo ma duro
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by castielo(m): 9:16am On Nov 26, 2013
Lolz.. can't help but laugh really hard at diz joke! grin
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by LMAyedun(m): 9:30am On Nov 26, 2013
Na Wah Oh!!
R I P to him

The incident, which occurred at Aiyedun Street, Bariga, was said to have caused commotion among residents who trooped to the site, hoping to save Jimoh.
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by dwittyc0der(f): 9:30am On Nov 26, 2013
4 to comment !!!! Alhamduliahi !!! grin grin grin

Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by afribookorg(m): 9:31am On Nov 26, 2013
Ok
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Adesam09(m): 9:31am On Nov 26, 2013
Why u self dey risk ur life on top how much... Na Suicide things oo
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by chymystique(f): 9:32am On Nov 26, 2013
Devil wil b on his own .. Man go dey find him wahala...


Ope he had proven his point in d land of d dead

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Gosj01(m): 9:33am On Nov 26, 2013
Attack from Home

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Leadn(m): 9:33am On Nov 26, 2013
What stupidity! A pity... RIP anyways :\
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Myque1(m): 9:34am On Nov 26, 2013
Jimoh's chapter is closed, albeit sadly, and life goes on. The annoying thing's that some people will still die from similar circumstances even after reading this. As my grandfather would always say, learn from other people's experiences or perish.

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by KenJak(m): 9:34am On Nov 26, 2013
Too much of everything is absurd and horrible. He killed himself and for his friends, they were stupid,they should have either helped him or called for help. And had it been he made it and won,those fools(his friends) would have even been the one to spend most of the money won.
Dont rest in peace cos fumbleness and gambling killed you.

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by yorke1: 9:35am On Nov 26, 2013
Too early to read bad news. space booked. Later.

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by tayork(m): 9:35am On Nov 26, 2013
Point number one,ODI, secondly stupid and heartless friends
(•̩̩̩̩͡_•̩̩̩̩͡)
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Mrshroud: 9:36am On Nov 26, 2013
Tragic
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Nobody: 9:36am On Nov 26, 2013
Are we to mourn? cheesycheesycheesy
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Nobody: 9:36am On Nov 26, 2013
He will continue to swim in his spirtual wold.
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by gothrones(m): 9:36am On Nov 26, 2013
Friends of the deceased, who had accompanied him on a boat, were said to have fled the scene after he did not make it out of the water.

Let the above be a lesson to everyone!

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by priscaoge(f): 9:36am On Nov 26, 2013
I hope he won at last,well they should use the money for his burial......Iyanga de sleep trouble de wake am*RIP to the dead shaaa*.
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by deniceguy(m): 9:37am On Nov 26, 2013
I wonder what he was trying to prove.
R.I.P
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by IAMBREEZY: 9:37am On Nov 26, 2013
Which kind of fool is this self
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by mysticgal(f): 9:38am On Nov 26, 2013
eya,the bet later turned out to be his life undecided
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Ryda(m): 9:38am On Nov 26, 2013
angry

Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by israel007: 9:39am On Nov 26, 2013
[size=15pt]there is a price to pay for everything. in this case, he paid the price for gambling and stuwpidity[/size]
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Olugbenger(m): 9:39am On Nov 26, 2013
That task is not too difficult na. The bet should be returned to his family.

embarassed

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by dhammer(m): 9:39am On Nov 26, 2013
Friends my a.s.s

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Nobody: 9:40am On Nov 26, 2013
Lol

This same shiit happens on a regular in Bariga at the bottom end of ilaje road.

My dad told me a similar story from when he was growing up in the area in the 60s
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by kingarizona(m): 9:40am On Nov 26, 2013
Who send am

Just for how much, you lose ya Soul, vanity upon vanity

Even Micheal Phils of USA that won 7gold medals in swimming at Beljing Olympic can't play this kinda betting undecidedundecidedundecidedundecidedundecidedundecided

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Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by omajali2003(m): 9:42am On Nov 26, 2013
The devil is at work setting traps. Sad the young man fell into the enemy's trap
Re: Man Drowns In Lagos While Swimming To Win A Bet by Nobody: 9:42am On Nov 26, 2013
What stew-pid point was he tryin 2 prove? Now who won d bet? U've blocked d chance of admission dat someone better would've used 2 better his or her life mstcheeeew! RIP shaa!

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