Two Killed As Vehicles Collide With Train In Oshodi

Scene of the accident.

 

Two passengers were killed on Monday after a bus and a highlander Jeep collided with a moving commuter train at PWD inward Oshodi, Lagos.

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed the incident said the bus with six passengers suddenly veered onto the tracks and collided with the train.

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“The agency received distress calls at 8.12 am on the above. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a passenger motor GGE 972 GE with six passengers had veered onto the train tracks while crossing the rail at PWD inward Oshodi and subsequently collided with a scheduled commuter train,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

The two vehicles were then dragged along for a stretch of the journey before the train managed to come to a complete halt.

The Agency was able to successfully extricate a total of eight passengers, six with minor injuries were provided with on-site medical care while two males including a 20-year old sustained severe injuries and were taken to LASUTH for further treatment. The other adult male subsequently lost his life

The accident vehicles were recovered off the road with the aid of the Agency’s Light rescue equipment while traffic management measures were put in place by the emergency responders, alongside taskforce officials and Nigeria Police.

Members of the public, especially drivers of commuter buses are advised to obey traffic regulations to prevent loss of life, injuries, and transport delays.

-More Casualties, Death Recorded-

Additional investigations by LASEMA reveal that a third vehicle, a highlander Jeep was also involved in the collision and its passengers (two adult males) sustained serious injuries before being transported to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

The DG of LASEMA confirmed that one passenger has lost his life and been placed in the hospital morgue while the other is still undergoing treatment.

See more photos from the accident below…

International Flights Resume In Lagos After Five Months

A file photo of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
A file photo of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

 

International flights finally resumed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Saturday after operations were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The first flight from Lebanon, which landed at about 2:30 pm, was operated by Middle East Airlines.

A visit to the airport by Channels Television’s correspondent, Bukola Oketunmbi,  showed outbound passengers also preparing for boarding formalities.

“The Middle East Airline landed at about 2:05 pm but taxied to our view at about 2:27 pm to the welcome of what is called, in aviation parlance, a traditional water cannon salute, signalling the first flight coming into this airport after five months and 22 days, according to authorities,” Oketunmbi said.

She added that the passengers did not disembark in the usual way, they went through the finger and they were batched in twenties to the port of entry, in line with the federal government’s COVID-19 protocols.

“She also observed that airport officials ensured that everyone maintained social distance and made sure that the port of entry was not clogged up.

However, she noted that people still had to fill hard copy forms which should have been available online, according to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“On the flight, there were about 222 passengers and 15 crew members,” she said. “Most of the passengers, from what I observed, were some of the stranded young girls in Lebanon.”

 

Police Kill Suspected Armed Robber In Army Uniform

 

The Police in Ogun State say its operatives have shot and killed a suspected armed robber who was dressed in an Army uniform.

The suspected robber was shot dead in the early hours of Friday along the Shagamu/Benin expressway, following a distress call received by the police in Ijebu Ife at about 2:45 am that a gang of armed robbers in military camouflage fully armed had blocked the expressway and were dispossessing motorists of their valuables.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, upon the information, the Divisional Police Officer, Ijebu ife Chief Superintendent of Police, Raphael Ugbenyo, quickly mobilised his anti-robbery team as well as a team of special anti-robbery squads (SARS) to the scene where the suspect was gunned down.

“On sighting the policemen, the robbers engaged them in gun battle which lasted for about 30 minutes. At the end of the encounter, one of hoodlums was shot dead while others escaped into the nearby bush with various degrees of gunshot injuries,” he said.

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Oyeyemi further stated that two mock guns, a cellular phone, assorted charms and a search light were recovered from the scene.

“The corpse of the dead robber has been deposited in the mortuary, while effort is on to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang,” the PPRO noted.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP, Edward Ajogun, who praised his men for their efforts ordered a thorough combing of the entire area so as to bring the escaped members of the gang to justice.

He also appealed to members of the general public especially hospitals to alert the police if anyone with bullet injury is seen in their area.

The Commissioner of Police has, therefore, reiterated his earlier warning to criminals to steer clear of Ogun State, adding that the command is ready more than ever to take the battle to their door steps.

Two Killed, Six Injured As Trucks Collide With Bus In Lagos

The scene of the accident in Anthony area of Lagos State. Credit: LASEMA.

 

Two persons were killed and six injured in a road accident in the Anthony area of Lagos State.

Channels Television learned that the accident occurred when four vehicles involving two trucks, a tanker and a commercial bus had a collision.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Wednesday by Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu.

“The agency received distress calls about the above incident and upon arrival at the scene of incident, discovered that a four (4) vehicle accident had occurred comprising two tipper trucks, one with registration number AKM-741ZT, a second tipper with unknown registration number, a loaded tanker with unknown registration number and  commercial bus with unknown registration,” the statement partly read.

Oke-Osanyitolu explained that emergency responders comprising the Nigeria Police, Fire Service, LRU Fire Unit joined LASEMA at the scene of the incident.

 

See Full Statement Here

 Preliminary report on Road Traffic Accident around Anthony (inward Gbagada)

The agency received distress calls about the above incident and upon arrival at the scene of incident, discovered that a four (4) vehicle accident had occurred comprising two tipper trucks, one with registration number AKM-741ZT, a second tipper with unknown registration number, a loaded tanker with unknown registration number and  commercial bus with unknown registration.

The resultant collision, a result of reckless driving left occupants of the bus trapped within. With the use of the agency’s light rescue equipment, six (6) people were extricated from the bus. They were found to have sustained varying degrees of injuries and unfortunately two (2) adult female lost their lives at the scene of incident.

Agency responders, the LRU ambulance, Lasambus, Nigeria Police, Lagos Fire service and LRU fire unit were joint responders at the scene of incident.

Operation is ongoing.

Updates will follow

Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu

DG/CEO LASEMA

Lagos Government Gives Tank Farm Operators Ultimatum For Planning Permit

 

The Lagos State Government has given Tank Farm Operators one week to commence the process of regularising their facilities by filling the application for Planning Permit.

This directive was given by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako During a meeting with Tank Farm Operators at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.

The Commissioner observed that only 8 out of the 41 Tank Farms existing in the State had Planning Permits authorising their establishments.

According to him, most of the Tank Farms in the State had been operating illegally and invariance with Section 27 of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA)and Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) regulations 2019, which stipulates that anyone who built in Lagos State without Planning Permit commits an offence liable to enforcement, the imposition of Penal fees, or removal of the structure.

He emphasised that any Tank Farm that failed to start the process of regularisation of its facility after one week would face serious sanctions.

“Considering the importance of the activities of the Tank Farms to the economy of the country, it is pertinent that they embrace best practices and operate in the most friendly manner to the host communities” he stated.

Salako said that the operations of the Tank Farms had thrown up many challenges for the State, including pipeline vandalism, environmental degradation, fire outbreak, traffic congestion and destruction of public infrastructure among others.

He stated that viewing the challenges posed with serious concern, the State Government had chosen to engage operators of Tank Farms to find a lasting solution.

To ease the challenges, the Physical Planning Commissioner maintained that it was paramount for the Tank Farms to provide complementary facilities and services such as holding bays, traffic personnel as well as the maintenance of buffer zone of 250m to 500m between the Tank Farm and the community.

He added that the government had approved the preparation of Action Area Plan for Ijegun Egba to address the planning issues raised by the operations of Tank Farms such as road connectivity, security and transportation linkage.

The Commissioner for Energy and Minerals Resources, Engr. Olalere Odusote, speaking through his Head of Oil and Gas Department, Engr. Sesan Odukoya stated that discussion at the interactive meeting reinforced previous engagements with the Operators of these installations by the Lagos State Government with a view to finding a lasting solution to challenges posed by their operations.

Speaking on the need to give back to the communities, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Ganiyu Adele Ayuba urged Operators to partner with the Government in order to deliver well-coordinated and impactful Corporate Social Responsibility to the host communities.

Mr. Joseph Anabel and Mr. Ibraheem Yaro Muhammed expressing their delight on behalf of the operators with the meeting and pledged to collaborate with the State Government for improvement in the observed areas.

Lagos Govt Commences Reconstruction Of Helicopter Crash Site

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Scene of the accident on Friday in Lagos State. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos State Government has commenced reconstruction of buildings affected by the helicopter crash in the Opebi area of the state.

This comes barely 24 hours after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who visited the scene of the accident on Monday morning, promised to support those affected by the crash.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the reconstruction of the affected fence and buildings at 14 and 16, Salvation Road, Opebi in Ikeja commenced on Monday morning, following the governor’s pledge.

Sanwo-Olu in company with the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, and the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Oluwafemi Damilola Oke-Osanyitolu conducted a post-disaster assessment of the crash site.

The Governor also promised that the state government will conduct integrity tests on the affected buildings within a hundred metres radius and do necessary repairs to assist the affected families by restoring normalcy as quickly as possible.

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“The affected buildings are residential homes that have citizens living there. As at the exact time the helicopter crash happened, a lot of people were not in the premises and even the elderly people that were around and in their rooms.

“Tests will be conducted to understand the integrity of the buildings and once that is ascertained today or tomorrow, we will start work with the federal agencies.

“We will start the reconstruction and renovation of the places affected by the crash; the rooms, walls, tents and ensure that we quickly bring respite to the senior citizens that have been affected,” the governor was quoted as saying.

The governor also commended LASEMA, other emergency responders, and security agencies for their swift response to the crash.

Earlier, a Bell 206 Helicopter, belonging to Quorum Aviation, crashed in-between two residential buildings mid-day on Friday.

The aircraft was said to have travelled into the state from Rivers before the tragic incident occurred, thus claiming three lives.

Lagos Health Commissioner, Abayomi, Recovers From COVID-19

A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi
A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi

 

Lagos State Health Commissioner, Akin Abayomi, has recovered from COVID-19.

The news was contained in a statement tweeted by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso on Monday.

Omotoso had announced the Health Commissioner’s positive status on August 24.

“It is with gratitude to God that I announce the recovery and subsequent negative test for COVID-19 of the Honorable Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi,” he said.

“He will be returning to his full duties gradually and remains resolute in delivering the mandate of Mr. Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whom he says stood by him steadfastly in these trying times and is very appreciative of.”

Omotoso said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was delighted with Abayomi’s recovery, which was confirmed after his COVID-19 test came out negative on Sunday.

 

“Governor Sanwo-Olu, the Incident Commander, is excited by the news and urges Lagosians to realise that COVID-19 is still with us; they should keep obeying the guidelines- washing their hands, wearing face masks and avoiding large gatherings, among others,” he said.

“Professor Abayomi is very grateful and humbled by the deep concern shown and expressed by Executive Council members, civil servants, Lagos residents, Nigerians, both locally and in the diaspora, through prayers, messages, phone calls and gifts.”

Lagos Schools To Reopen In September, Says Sanwo-Olu

 

After months of being shut down, schools in Lagos are set to re-open in September, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed on Saturday.

The Governor, in a regular briefing on the state’s COVID-19 status, said tertiary institutions in the state will re-open from September 14.

Primary and secondary schools are also tentatively scheduled to re-open from September 21.

“This decision is not cast in stone and is subject to review of our ongoing modelling and what procedure comes out from the Ministry of Health,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor explained that the decision was based on indications that the pandemic has peaked in the state, as the number of new cases continues to steadily decline.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated that restaurants are now permitted to open for in-dining services in the state, although they must continue to ensure spaces are only filled up to 50 percent capacity at all times.

On the re-opening of event centres, bars, night clubs, beaches, cinemas, the Governor said a review will be done in September to decide whether to allow a re-opening of such public spaces.

Responding to a question on whether the Federal Government’s 10 pm curfew still holds in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu replied in the affirmative.

“These are challenging times for all of us,” he said.

 

Positive Signs

Governor Sanwo-Olu was cautiously optimistic during his Saturday briefing, stressing that the State was still the country’s pandemic epicentre, despite encouraging data.

Lagos accounts for more than a third of Nigeria’s 53,000 plus COVID-19 cases but has seen low double-digit daily increases in the past week.

On Friday, the State recorded just 27 new cases, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has repeatedly praised Lagos for its response to the pandemic, especially for its testing rates.

Meanwhile, the ban on international flights is expected to be lifted on September 5, adding the increased pressure of possible imported cases.

On Saturday, Sanwo-Olu said he will personally inspect airport facilities and ensure all precautions are taken to keep people in the State safe.

“We will be working with the Ministry of Aviation and NCDC to ensure the safety at our airports are next to none,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu Visits Scene Of Lagos Helicopter Crash, Promises To Bring Respite To Those Affected

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday, visited the scene of the helicopter crash 24 hours after the incident.

The governor, who met with the residence of both buildings where the crash occurred, rejoiced with them for not recording any casualty.

Mr Sanwo-Olu stated that he was out of town when the incident occurred, and made it a point of duty to come and visit the residents before the passing of another day.

Speaking to journalists after the visit, the governor said he has done an on-the-spot assessment of the place and he will ensure that the victims affected get respite.

“I’m here to do a real on-the-spot assessment and I’ve seen things for myself, and after the condolences, it’s also to now thank God that as painful as the incidence might be, it also has not come with a lot of ground collateral damages.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, speaks with affected victims during a visit to the scene of the Helicopter crash in Opebi area of the state.

 

“These are two buildings that are residential with citizens living there and as God will have it, as at the exact time when this thing happened, a lot of people were not in the premises and the elderly people were in the rooms and nothing in terms of fatality happened to people on the ground.

“We have seen the level of destruction and damages and immediately, they have taken the samples and tests are being conducted to ascertain the integrity of the buildings around and once that is done, we will start working with Federal Government agencies and start the reconstruction and renovation of places affected; the rooms, walls, fence and ensure that we bring respite quickly to these senior citizens affected and whatever other support we can give them to reduce the hardship they might have gone through,” the governor stated.

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A Bell 206 helicopter, belonging to Quorum Aviation, was traveling in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital with two crew members and a passenger before it crashed into a residential building in the Opebi area of Lagos at mid-day on Friday.

Shortly after the crash, the Lagos State Emergency Agency confirmed that two persons died in the accident, with the third person taken to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital for treatment, but it was confirmed by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) later on Friday that the third person died in the hospital.

The AIB said it has commenced an investigation into what led to the crash, with a view to carrying out a fast and robust one with the help of the general public who have clips or saw the helicopter before it crashed.

Lagos Helicopter Crash: Buhari Commiserates With Families Of Victims

President Muhammadu Buhari on August 28, 2020 commiserated with the families of the victims of a helicopter that crashed in Lagos State.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of the victims of the helicopter that crashed in the Opebi area of Lagos State.

The President’s condolence was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.

According to the statement, President Buhari said the nation awaits the report of the investigation into the accident by the aviation regulatory agencies.

While praying that God will console the families of the victims and grant peace to the souls of the dead, the President wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The President’s reaction comes hours after the aircraft crashed into a private residence, killing two crew members and critically injured one person.

The helicopter, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW is said to belong to Quorum Aviation and came in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Black Box Recovered 

Meanwhile, the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has recovered the black box of the helicopter that crashed into a residential building in Lagos State on Friday.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are moving the wreckage from the scene of the incident as an investigation into the crash begins.

While confirming the incident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Femi Osanyintolu disclosed that two persons died from the crash with one other critically wounded.

“At about 12noon, we received a distress call in our command and control centre that there was a helicopter mishap and immediately we activated the Lagos state emergency response team,” he explained.

“We were able to rescue one person alive and he has been transferred to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital where he is receiving adequate treatment, but it is pertinent to note that we recovered two bodies and they have been deposited at the mortuary.

“Based on the investigation carried out, it was due to the impact that led to their mortalities.”

Lagos Helicopter Crash: AIB Recovers Blackbox, Begins Investigation

 

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has recovered the BlackBox of the helicopter that crashed into a residential building in Lagos State on Friday. 

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are moving the wreckage from the scene of the incident as an investigation into the crash begins.

While confirming the incident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Femi Osanyintolu disclosed that two persons died from the crash with one other critically wounded.

LASEMA DG giving an update about the crash.

 

“At about 12noon, we received a distress call in our command and control centre that there was a helicopter mishap and immediately we activated the Lagos state emergency response team,” he explained.

“We were able to rescue one person alive and he has been transferred to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital where he is receiving adequate treatment, but it is pertinent to note that we recovered two bodies and they have been deposited at the mortuary.

“Based on the investigation carried out, it was due to the impact that led to their mortalities.”

Rescue workers at the crash site.

 

Dr Osanyintolu stressed that people on the ground were not affected by the crash.

The helicopter, a Bell 206, with registration number 5N BQW belongs to Quorum Aviation and came in from Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital with two crew members and a passenger.

‘Big Sound, Thick Smoke’

An eyewitness identified as Adepeju Johnson narrated that she was in her residence when she heard the noise from the helicopter blades but was not sure what it was.

At first, Adepeju thought it was about to rain but moments later, she saw some thick black smoke and heard a loud noise between her building and that of her daughter-in-law.

“This one landed where it was least expected,” she said.  “Unfortunately, the helicopter was between my house and my daughter-in-law’s house.

“There was a big sound I’ve never heard in my life, there was thick smoke, but there was no fire. All I have to do is to thank God because it did not land on the roof.”

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: Fire Guts Access Bank Branch In Lagos

 

Tragedy struck in Lagos State on Wednesday when fire gutted a branch of Access Bank on Ademola Adetokunbo Street in Victoria Island.

Although the cause of the incident has yet to be ascertained, unconfirmed reports say a fuel tanker laden with presumably diesel was at the premises of the bank to discharge its product.

But speaking to Channels Television via the telephone, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Femi Osanyitolu confirmed that a fuel tanker laden with diesel was at the premises of the bank discharging its content.

In the process, the pumping machine exploded igniting a massive fire, which soon spread to a neighbouring building.

Meanwhile, a combined team of emergency services and firefighters arrived at the scene to battle the blaze and prevent it from spreading to other buildings in the area.

No lives were lost in the incident

See photos below: