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10 worshippers escape death after vehicle plunge into Lagos canal

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

No fewer than 10 worshippers were confirmed to have escaped death after their Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) skid off the road and plunged into a canal in Magodo axis of Lagos State.

Among the 10 worshippers, who also sustained varying degrees of injuries, were children and a cleric and have been hospitalised at a private medical facility in the state.

The vehicle, with number plate BDG 234 DW, was said to have left the road at about 10:28 a.m on Monday after it experienced a brake failure on Tokunboh Macauley Street, off Emmanuel Keshi in Magodo.

Speaking on the accident, the Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, explained that the vehicle fell into the canal immediately after it skid-off.

Oke-Osanyintolu, who supervised the vehicle’s recovery, said that the occupants of the SUV were involved in a lone accident, saying the emergency officials arrived at the scene barely 10 minutes after the accident.

He said: “Information gathered by the team at the incident scene revealed that the vehicle suffered brake failure which culminated in minor injuries sustained by 10 persons who were taken to a private hospital before the arrival of the Agency’s officials. The Nissan Jeep has been recovered from the canal utilising the Agency’s light tow truck”.

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