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Four die, two injured in Lagos fire, road accidents


Lagos witnessed heart-wrenching incidents over the weekend as four lives were lost, including three children, in separate fire and road accidents.

The first incident occurred around 11 pm on Saturday at 5, Olorunsogo Street, Ejigbo, where a fire caused by a lit candle claimed the life of three-year-old Michael. The blaze also destroyed properties in 10 rooms.

On the same day, tragedy struck again in the Ogba area of Lagos when a truck in reverse gear fatally crushed 49-year-old Gbolahan Aina.

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The driver, identified as Godwin Donatus, unknowingly reversed the vehicle at Henry Carr Street, by Guinness Nigeria PLC, crushing Aina to death. The driver promptly reported the incident to the Isokoko Police Division, leading to an on-the-spot investigation.

In another unfortunate incident at Palmgroove, an unregistered Bus Rapid Transport bus collided with a mother and her children around 1:30 pm on Saturday.

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The accident claimed the life of five-year-old Malik, while the woman, Rofiat, and her two-year-old son, Basit, sustained critical injuries and were rushed to the hospital.

Police spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the tragic incidents, stating, “The bodies were evacuated to the mortuary for autopsy, and the vehicles involved in the road accident were moved to the nearest police stations.”

Hundeyin identified the BRT driver as Sunday Bukola, 35, who fled the scene but was later apprehended.

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In a separate incident yesterday, a 10-year-old boy named Chukwudi lost his life at Doyin Bus Stop while on his way to church with his father and siblings.

The father, Bernard, reported the incident to the Bode Thomas Police Station, stating that a coastal commercial bus, allegedly speeding and driven by Waidi Saheed, 65, struck the boy, causing fatal injuries.