A yet to be identified man Tuesday plunged into the canal below the bridge between Nyanya and Karu Junction in the Federal Capital Territory.
The incident was said to have caught the attention of passersby, commuters and motorists, who were on their way to work. It also caused severe gridlock on the Abuja-Keffi road.
The young man, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria after he was taken out of the canal, said he was an indigene of Obogwu, a town in Imo state.
He also said that he worked with a road transport company located in Jabi, Abuja.
At the Karu Divisional Head Quarters of the Police, where the victim was taken to in a Toyota Hilux van after he was rescued, an authoritative source told NAN that the man could not talk much considering the injury he had sustained on the face and legs.
The young man was later transported to the Nyanya General Hospital, but was rejected by the officials there due to lack of bed space.
According to the source, the young man was then referred to the Asokoro District Hospital where he received medical attention.
NAN reports that the young man was interrogated by three police officers at the Accident and Emergency Section of the hospital in Asokoro,
When asked: “Did you go and rob someone’’? by one of the policemen, he said: “No’’