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, weekend, has been recovered.
The recovery was made around 7a.m yesterday, through the effort of some local divers and Nigerian Navy who commenced the exercise since the news of the incident broke.
Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, who confirmed the development, said the body had been deposited in a morgue.
Speaking through its General Manager, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, LASEMA said the number of the victims could not be ascertained as only one body was recovered though eye witnesses 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.
An eye witness account had earlier said the driver of the Hilux van gave a ride to three others who drowned along with him when the vehicle plunged into the river.
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.”