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AVM and driver die as vehicle plunged into lagoon

A retired Air Vice Marshal (AVM) and his driver have died after their Ford Explorer Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) plunged into the lagoon Saturday night.

It was learnt that the vehicle somersaulted thrice after colliding with another vehicle on the bridge at about 10:55pm around UNILAG waterfront.

The retired Air Vice Marshal was said to have returned to the country from the United Kingdom to attend a burial.

The officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and local fishermen recovered their bodies from the submerged SUV.

According to a source, they both had their seat belts on and didn’t have physical injuries.

He said: “All the airbags in the vehicle came out. It was a serious accident.

“The bonnet pulled out and the roof was flattened, which indicated that the vehicle might have tumbled at least three times before nose-diving into the lagoon.

“The vehicle was over 75 percent submerged into the muddy part of the lagoon.

“When we brought it out, we had to first raise the flattened vehicle to avoid inflicting injuries on the bodies.

“Adesina Tiamiyu, General Manager of LASEMA, has been in touch with his family and officers from the Nigerian Air Force. I think the General’s family members are abroad.”

Tiamiyu confirmed the incident but declined further comments on the issue.

He said: “This is a sad incident. I can only tell you that we recovered two bodies.

“I cannot say who they are because it won’t be fair to the families to learn about the demise of their loved ones from the media.”

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