Kafayat, who is a mother of three, looked pale and emaciated and was breathing with difficulty when she was rescued. She said she was tired of life and should be left to die.
“I am Kafayat Alake from Alapaaro’s Compound, Osogbo. I am a mother of three. My husband lives in Lagos and we got separated 13years ago. I am fed up with life because things are hard,” she said.
David Johnson, the man who rescued her, said he saw the woman climbing the Gbodofon Bridge in an attempt to commit suicide around 1pm.
Johnson stated, “I work in a nearby hotel. Some people came for a drink and after they left, I stood in front of the hotel.
“Suddenly, people started shouting for help and I quickly rushed towards the bridge.
“The woman had already jumped into the river and I had to rush in the direction where the water was flowing to and I jumped into the river too.
“I struggled to reach her, because the water was sweeping her towards the deeper part of the river and I eventually pulled her out. In the process of trying to save her, I lost my mobile phone.”
Another eyewitness, simply identified as Dayo, said he saw Kafayat climbing the bridge from afar and quickly rushed to the scene. He said the woman had already jumped into the river before he could get to the bridge.
Later, some personnel of the Osun State Ambulance Scheme arrived the scene and conveyed her to an undisclosed hospital in Osogbo for treatment.