The gale of death concealed in the dark cloud of physical obliteration struck in Lagos in the early hours of Saturday after a container detached from a truck and then fell on a 14-seater commercial bus (Danfo), killing at least five people and leaving three others with grave injuries at Ojota Bus Stop.
The deceased were identified as the bus driver, whose name was given as Charles, his two children, a woman and one middle-aged man, while three others were injured.
Tears of agony rented the air as neighbours and relatives of some missing persons were plunged into confusion over the whereabouts of their own.
Although the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) reported that five persons died while three survived the accident, yet the whereabouts of some occupants of the bus, dead or alive, remains unknown, plunging their relatives and neighbours into disarray.
It is understood that the victims had attended the Holy Ghost Service, a programme usually held on first Friday of each month, at the Redeemed Christian Church of God camp, at Lagos-Ibadan Expressway before the accident happened.
It was learnt that when Charles wanted to leave the camp for his Gbagada home with his sons and two neighbours, three other worshippers begged him for a lift.
It was also gathered that the two of the worshippers’ destination was Ojota.
As Charles parked at the bus stop around 3am for the two passengers to alight from the vehicle, the container loaded with plywood suddenly fell off the truck onto the bus, and trapped all the occupants.
The truck driver reportedly fled the scene, but his motor boy was apprehended and handed over to the police.
Elsewhere, in one of the most attractive hubs of Nigeria’s commercial city, the terrains gave in to flooding after a torrential rain that lasted for several hours.
Many residents of Lekki and Victoria Island were trapped in their homes as a result of the flood which followed the early morning downpour.
With Lekki being one of the worst hit by flood, residents lamented that the deluge is so massive that they are unable to leave their homes.
Other places affected by the flood include Victoria Island, Victoria Garden City and Ajah; all in Lagos State, South West Nigeria.
Reacting to the development, the Lagos State government reiterated its call for residents to observe extreme caution on the roads as torrential rain persists across the state.
The State’s Commissioner for the Environment, Babatunde Adejare, who spoke after inspecting areas affected by the flood in the State, allayed fears of residents, assuring that the government has activated its emergency response system to respond efficiently where necessary.
He said most of the flooding would recede after a period of time, attributing the cause to the high tide of the lagoon, slowing down the flow of rainfall water from drainage channels.
“We are on top of the situation. The government is concerned by the recent occurrence of flooding in some parts of Victoria Island, Lekki, Oniru and its environs and our emergency lines 112 and 767 are open 24/7 for residents to report any emergency situation,” he said.
The commissioner urged residents in the habit of dumping refuse indiscriminately especially in drainage channels to stop forthwith, saying that engaging in such does not only portend health hazards, but could also lead to loss of lives and property.
He said dumping refuse in drainages meant to take flood water to the lagoon, blocks such channels and as such had dire consequences that could lead to loss of lives and properties.