The bodies of late Air Vice Marshal Olufunsho Martins (retd) and his driver have been recovered from the Lagos Lagoon by officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and local divers.
Naija News gathered that the late AVM was travelling with his driver in a Ford Explorer Sports Utility Vehicle on Saturday night after which the vehicle somersaulted into the muddy part of the Lagoon. The vehicle was brought out of the lagoon on Sunday morning, by LASEMA officials, with both occupants dead.
Late Martins was reportedly heading home after he attended the birthday party of one of his church members held at his hotel in Ikeja when the accident took place. He was going to his Funsho Martin’s Avenue, Park View Estate, when the vehicle collided with another, at about 10.55pm, Saturday.
Both bodies were taken to the Nigerian Airforce hospital, Ikeja.
Vanguard reports that the true identity of the late AVM was known through an identity card found inside the vehicle , after it was brought out.
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Late Martin was said to have just returned from the United Kingdom to attend a relative’s burial.
Some of the sympathisers who stormed his Park View Estate residence, expressed shock over the death of the deceased, lamenting that he should not have been him considering his generosity.
A senior retired Military officer, who gave his name simply as Jimoh, told Vanguard that “the deceased was an amiable fellow who did not deserve to die this way. But who are we to question God?
“We were told that he was on his way home when the incident happened yesterday night (Saturday). We were members of the 8th Regular Course of the NDA. He rose from the rank of 2nd Lt (NAF was still using Army ranks when he was commissioned to AVM).
He held several appointments within the NAF. He was the commandant, Rehab Oshodi and AOL HQ NAF.”
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A cousin of the deceased, anonymously said, “Its so sad. His death has plunged us into sorrow. He died last night. Our prayer is that the good Lord grants repose to the soul of the departed and give succour to the bereaved. He gives and takes. We were informed that officials of LASEMA, recovered his body and that of his driver, around 2:30am.
Parts of the vehicle were compressed, indicating the impact of the collision.”
The late General was also into real estate. The estate known as Golden Park Estate, is located at Kilometre 33 on Lagos-Epe expressway and Sangotedo. The deceased, also owns a popular Events Centre, ‘Martinos’ located very close to Gani’s library and Regency Suits also close to Femi’s shrine at Alausa, Ikeja.
Lagos state police spokesman, Famous Cole, who confirmed the incident said their bodies and the wreckage of the car were taken to Yaba Police station around 2am on Sunday by officials of LASEMA.