The body of the Ikoyi Golf Club manager who drove the ill-fated Hilux van which plunged into Majidun River in Ikorodu area of Lagos State on Saturday morning has been recovered.
The recovery was made about 24 hours after the pick-up truck lost control and ended up in the river. The effort of some local divers and Nigerian Navy who commenced the exercise since the news of the incident broke paid off around 7am on Sunday.
Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, who confirmed the development, said the body had been deposited in a morgue.
LASEMA through its General Manager, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the number of the victims could not be ascertained as only one body was recovered though eyewitnesses said there were four people in the vehicle.
“Recovery operation continued today and the body of the supposed lone occupant of the vehicle has been recovered, the other three colleagues of the deceased alighted at Palmgrove bus-stop before the car was involved in the accident,” he said.
The deceased, Kolawole Ahmed, was said to have left the club house in company of three people after an all-night event.
In a statement, NEMA, commiserated with the victim’s family.
According to its South-West Information Officer, Ibrahim Farinloye, “the identified body of Mr. Kolawole Ahmed, who drove the ill-fated Toyota Hilux Van was recovered at 8:23 a.m today. The possibility of further recovery is highly remote as the eyewitnesses who gave the account of four people in the vehicle, though, still maintained their views but accounts of the Ikoyi Golf Club contradicts the witnesses but the emergency agencies are still working towards further searches.
“The staff said Ahmed was heading to his house under construction which was his daily routine after close of work before going to where he resides at Ikeja. He might have picked some people on his way after dropping his colleagues.
“The body had been deposited at the General Hospital, Ikorodu in company of his relations and staff for documentation, immediate collection and burial as the victim was a Muslim.”