Strange things still happen even in our emerging mega city, Lagos.

Lanre Ibitoye Street is a popular one for many persons that usually ply Abule Egba area, especially those that took that route when the bridge construction was on.

The street is very close to where the popular abattoir around Oko-Oba is located. 

A canal runs through the street and the Lagos State government had constructed a bridge there to make it motorable for commuters.

That canal turned something that drew attention in the past few days and it climaxed on Monday.

It was not because the bridge was too beautiful, but because a man in his early forties that had been in the canal for days.

He has been identified as Ezekiel Emigbai. 

Ears that heard Ezekiel’s story tingled not because he has been there for days but because of his peculiar situation.

One of the residents of the area that spoke with Bounce News’ correspondent, Williams Osewezina, said Ezekiel had been there for over 12 days.

Part of those days were spent in this canal.

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Ezekiel Emigbai was dumped in this canal 

Mr Lanre Ibitoye, the man the street was named after, said Ezekiel was brought out of the canal a few days after he was seen there by some good Nigerians.

"The man was brought in about 12 days ago.

"We woke up in the morning to see a man lying in the canal gasping for breath and shouting.

“So, we had to take a little step towards him and asked him some questions.

“He said he was chased out of LUTH (Lagos University Teaching Hospital) because of his inability to pay his hospital bill and he said his father lived at Ile Nla area but because of his condition, which has made him begin to smell, he was taken out of the house and his father dumped him here.

“We were able to bring him out of the canal and keep him on the bridge so that help will come. We contacted the police and we have been feeding him,” he said.

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Mr Lanre Ibitoye appealed to the government to light up the street and ward off the canal

Mr Ibitoye also expressed concern that criminal activities and dumping of bodies in the canal is the new trend apart from open defecation and dumping of waste. 

When Bounce News approached Ezekiel, he was weak but could manage to speak even though his thought was not well coordinated.

“I had a sore in my buttocks, and it was swelling.

“My father brought me here and left me. He could not take me to the hospital because he doesn’t have the money,” he said as he manages to respond to questions.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Medical Services (LASEMBUS) had come with an ambulance to take him away. 

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Ezekiel already receiving treatment in the ambulance

After they had fixed a drip in his right hand, the officials of LASEMBUS said they would take him to any general hospital nearby and expressed hopes that he would be received and admitted for treatment.

This comes few months after Bounce News reported about a woman that may have also abandoned by her family at Abule Egba area of Lagos whose health is also deteriorating. 

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The woman still sleeps under the bridge and requires the attention of the Lagos State government. 

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