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Container Crushes RCCG Pastor, Wife, Kids, Another In Lagos (Photos)



A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), his wife, their two children and a church worker, were crushed to death by two containers yesterday in Lagos while on their way home from the monthly Holy Ghost vigil of the church.

Three others were injured.

Pastor Charles Ito and his wife Rosaline were killed. The names of the children and the church worker could not be immediately confirmed.

The Nation reports that two tyres of the truck carrying the containers unexpectedly lost pressure which made the vehicle tilt heavily on one side, just by the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) terminal on the Lagos /Ikorodu road, Ojota.

The truck soon lost its balance, flinging the two containers down and on the mini bus in which the pastor and other victims were travelling.

Incident happened at about 3 am. The five died on the spot.

Three others were trapped in the crushed bus.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Fire Service, and Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS) raced to the scene and succeeded in rescuing the three.

Among those rescued were Olasunkanmi Adeogun of 133, Olatunji Street, Ojota, and another young man identified as Ifeanyi.

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All the victims are from RCCG Province 8, sources said yesterday. They said the bus belonged to the late pastor.

The scene was littered yesterday with dismembered human parts, which were later packed by rescue workers.

Eyewitnesses said the trailer driver fled the scene as soon as the accident occurred. His conductor was however apprehended and handed over to the police.

Hoodlums who got to the scene early were said to have attempted to rob the rescue workers.

The saving grace was the police and NSCDC operatives drafted to the spot.

Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni who was at the scene confirmed that five persons were killed and three others rescued alive.

He said it was time people started obeying traffic laws, adding that apart from the truck’s bad tyres, it lacked capacity to carry the two containers. He said:

“We will spare nothing to arrest the driver of this truck. Even the truck owner, under the Lagos State Traffic Rules, has some questions to answer. We would focus attention more on people conforming with the law.

He urged those who suspect that their relatives could be among the victims to go to Alausa Police Station for identification