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The incident happened at about 3am at a Mechanic Village in the area.
The fire, not only consumed the three girls, Christiana (12), Pelumi (5) and Feranmi (3), but also ravaged three cars, more than eight shops, including a building.
The fire, according to eye witnesses, was triggered by a head on collision between a LT27 bus loaded with jerry cans that were filled with fuel and a 14-seater commuter bus parked along the street. The impact of the collision dragged the commuter bus from its spot, colliding with a stationary Toyota truck also packed in front of the line of affected shops on No 14, Rainbow Street LSDPC, Estate Oke-Afa, Isolo.
Residents blamed the incident on the indiscriminate chase of the driver of the LT27 bus by some policemen.
It was gathered that in his bid to escape from the police, the driver of the bus accidentally ran into the stationary bus packed beside the road which led to the fire outbreak.
The girls, who were of the same mother, were said to have been sleeping in one of the shops.
The Nation gathered that the heartbroken mother of the four children was only able to save her son whom she took along with her. There were conflicting reports on the exact reason why the kids were left alone overnight by their mother, who is popularly called Mama Faranmi, in room connected to the shop.
Some said she went for a church programme, while others said she had left her children to pass the night with her new husband.
Her neighbours also claimed that she was fond of locking up her children in their apartment whenever she passed the night outside.
On hearing of the fire outbreak, she had raced back to the shop and raised the alarm that her kids were trapped in the shop next to her room. Unfortunately, efforts of residents and firefighters proved abortive as the children had already been burnt to death.
The charred bodies were later removed from the scene.
Although, efforts to speak with Mama Faranmi proved abortive, however, The Nation gathered that she owns the property and ran two shops – a salon and provision store among a row of shops. The children were sleeping in the salon when the incident occurred.
Another casualty, whose name was given simply as Joy, a resident, was lucky to have been woken up by the shouts of her son who was dreaming that his mother was dying, only to realize that the whole place had been engulfed by fire. They narrowly escaped but lost all their belongings to the fire.
Mama Feranmi was not the only one who lost property; a shop owner and neighbor, Madam Beauty Chikezie, wailed uncontrollably over the loss of her property worth over N2 million. “Where do I start from now? I got a call around 3am that my shop was burning. By the time I called my brother, he said it is true. On getting here everything had been burnt to the ground. Where do I start from; I have lost goods worth more than N2million,” she said.
Other shop owners were seen picking what was left of the rubble and were unwilling to speak.
Executive Secretary of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, Mr Jaiye Alabi, described the incident as regrettable. “It is very unfortunate. I was woken around 3am. I was told that the fire was triggered when a varagon bus collided with the Danfo bus that was stationary. It was put out by 5am. The fire fighters really tried. They did a great job”.
A community leader in the community, Peter Adediji said: “It is sad and very unfortunate that the children from the same parents were roasted to death. It goes to show the economic situation in the country, that kids would be left to sleep in the shop. There is no reason why they should be sleeping in the shop. I can imagine the agony that the parents would be going through.”
Not satisfied, Henry proceeded to a nearby street where one of Sandra’s elder sisters resided and killed the woman and three of her children, before fleeing.
His anger was said to have been that Sandra, who was an optician with Madonna University, had called off their relationship, when she learnt that he was a kidnapper. Sandra’s twin sister, Katherine who sustained a bullet would during the attack had told vanguard in 2013 that the assailant was familiar with everyone in their family but nobody knew he was a kidnapper . She explained that her late sister used to visit Henry at his base in Delta State and in one of such visits, some heavily armed men stormed Henry’s apartment, manhandling Sandra in the process.
She added that the armed men reportedly told Sandra that her lover absconded with their share of a ransom paid to them for one of their kidnapping exploits, threatening to wipe out all his (Henry’s) family members if he did not pay them. Thereafter, Sandra informed her family members in Lagos of what had happened and they rushed to Delta State to bring her to Lagos for proper treatment. But while she was receiving the treatment, she called off the relationship and Henry; feeling betrayed, stormed their Lagos home and killed people while Katherine narrowly escaped death.
The police in Lagos went all out in search of Henry. Vanguard gathered that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, who were then headed by Sp Abba Kyari, trailed him to Abia, Delta and Rivers State, where they rounded up some of his close friends, relatives and seven members of his gang who were behind the kidnap of a British national, Diction Lee, few minutes after the Briton arrived at the country. They kidnapped him on Airport Road, Ikeja. At that point, it was established that Henry had escaped from the country and was based in Ivory Coast.
But while the search for him went cold in Lagos, Henry, was said to have regrouped with his gang in Imo State and they coordinated several kidnappings in the South East and South South, where he kidnapped over 200 persons, killing most of his victims, including the wife of a royal father in Imo State and an official of the Imo State Environmental Transformation Commission which yielded him N50m ransom.
However, luck ran out on him, last weekend, when he attempted to kidnap the tribunal Judges, handling Election Petition in Imo State, at their lodge, in Disney Hotels, along Onitsha -Owerri Road. Operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, acting On a tip-off swooped on him, but he managed to escape with bullet wounds which he had gone to treat in the house of his elder brother’s wife, in Ohafia, Abia State, where men of the secret police eventually apprehended him.
He was arrested along side an army deserter, Akeem Bello, from Kwara State, who abandoned his duty post at Maiduguiri where he was posted. Fear of the activities of the Boko Haram sect probably informed his action. A native doctor, Dan Elengi, who is said to be the proprietor of a popular hotel at Ohii in Owerri Local Government Area, of Imo State was also among those nabbed.
The 28-year-old man, who is an indigene of Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, confessed when he was paraded before the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, that he operated from Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire and he killed his girl friend and members of her family because she stole his N45million, after he had opened a shop for her in Aba.
Meanwhile, relatives of his victims have been thrown into celebration following news of his arrest. They called on the Imo State Government to ensure that Henry who is also known as Vampire is prosecuted judiciously. Ekene Ozor, the husband of one of Sandra’s sisters who was killed on the day of the attack wants Henry to pay for his crimes. “That man is evil. He robbed me of my wife and two children and robbed my in-laws of eight members of their family.
But my God told me that he would not escape judgment. I am grateful to God for his arrest and I commend the efforts of the Nigeria police especially, the Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS, Lagos State Police Command, who first handled my case, the DSS operatives for their continued efforts to apprehend this heartless criminal. I wish to commend also the governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha, for his efforts in the arrest of the deadly gang of killers. Days after the attack on my home were highly traumatic. I had seven corpses to deal with at a time and they were all in the mortuary. I was the only one taking care of my remaining children and I passionately wish to appeal to governors Rochas Okorocha, Ifeanyi Okowa, Akinwumi Ambode and other governors in the federation and well meaning Nigerians to come to my aid as I feel very concerned about the education of my remaining children and their welfare.
Things have tough for me, my little children. We are still having the psychological pain of the attack of Henry. We have been haunted by the fear of another attack by the serial killer. There have been fears of going out freely because of the horrifying threats from the serial killer and his cohorts. Consequently, I’m indebted to the tune of N7.2 million excluding properties sold to meet up with bills, drugs, surgery of my wife’s younger sister who survived gun shots. It is by grace of God that I am still alive because it made me hypertensive since then.”
In a brief ceremony held at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, Principal Private Secretary to Governor Ambode, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, who spoke on behalf of the state government, said the purpose of convening the meeting was to ensure that all stakeholders in the market are carried along in the plan to redevelop the market.
“Today is somewhat symbolic in the history of the state and it also goes to show some of the concerns of government especially in ensuring that things are done with the consent of all stakeholders.
“The information that we have on hand, on the part of stakeholders is that Sandgrouse Market men and women in agreement with the Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area as well as DHB Construction Limited would want the place redeveloped to really meet the modern needs of the market”, he said.
“So, the intent of our gathering is to ensure that this assignment is done and then for all to see the agreement and for all stakeholders to put their hands on paper to agree for the redevelopment to take place.
“We are thinking for the future that is better than the present that is why we want the place to be redeveloped”, Bamgboye said.
Responding on behalf of the traders, Iyaloja of the market, Alhaja Abibatu Kenku, said consultations on the project has been on for a while, saying that a consensus to rebuild the market was reached after a meeting with the Iyaloja General of Lagos, Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.
She said all stakeholders and traders in the market were duly consulted and there was a unanimous agreement that the market be redeveloped.
“The Local Government was also involved and that is why we were able to reach the stage of signing the agreement”, she said.
On his part, Chairman of DHB Construction Limited, Mr. Hakeem Alobo Bakare, said with the recent agreement, the traders will be relocated to a temporary site next week, where they can continue to trade to enable the total redevelopment of the market commence in earnest.
“They are all aware of this, infact there are more than willing for us to commence the development”.
“I want to appreciate the leaders of the market, especially the Iyaloja of the market and every other stakeholder; they have been very wonderful and supportive”, he said.
Bakare also commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s role in ensuring that the stakeholders reach a common understanding to give the market a modern outlook.
“This very project will enhance the government of the day, it is going to be a testimony to what is going to happen in the nearest future in Lagos state and the present administration in particular.
Highlight of the meeting was the signing of Memorandum of Understanding by all stakeholders involved.
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Alhaji Mohammed Kari’s appointment which is for a term of four years in the first instance, takes effect from Friday, July 31, 2015.
The new Commissioner for Insurance started his career with Royal Exchange Assurance in 1979. He later worked with Yankari Insurance Company until 1989, when he was appointed Executive Director in Niger Insurance Plc.
In January 1992, he was appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation, a position he held until March 1993 when he was appointed Managing Director of NICON Insurance Corporation. He served in that capacity until January 2000 when he resigned.
He returned to insurance management in 2007 as the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Unity Kapital Assurance Plc, were he served for four years.
A Chartered Insurer and Professional IT Consultant, Alhaji Mohammed Kari was until his new appointment, the Deputy Commissioner (Technical) in the National Insurance Commission.
President Buhari has also renewed the appointment of Mr. Joshua Okpo as the Rector of the Maritime Academy, Oron for a second and final term of four years.