Former Air Vice Marshal, driver, killed as vehicle plunges into Lagos Lagoon

Air Vice Marshal Olufunsho Martins (Inset- Scene of the recovery)
Air Vice Marshal Olufunsho Martins (Inset- Scene of the recovery)

The bodies of a retired Air Vice Marshal, Olufunsho Martins, and his driver have been recovered after the vehicle they were driving in plunged into the Lagos lagoon on Saturday.

The vehicle, a Ford Explorer SUV, fell into the lagoon after somersaulting on the Third Mainland bridge.

It was removed from the lagoon in the early hours of Sunday, with the bodies of the deceased.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and local divers lifted out the bodies from the lagoon, with both occupants dead.

Mr. Martins, who owned Martinos Events Centre and Hotel Suites in Agidingbi, Ikeja, was said to be going to his Funsho Martin’s Avenue, Park View Estate, when the vehicle collided with another, at about 10.55 p.m., Saturday.

He was identified using an identity card found inside the vehicle, after it was brought out. Both bodies were thereafter taken to the Nigerian Airforce hospital, Ikeja .

A worker with LASEMA said, “The accident happened around 11.15 p.m. at the University of Lagos Waterfront end of the bridge. The vehicle was discovered in less than one hour. But bringing out the bodies was difficult because they were badly mangled.”

The general manager of LASEMA, Adeshina Tiamiyu, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were ongoing.

He said, “We received a distress call to our call centre around 11 p.m. and we dispatched our rescue team to the scene. After some time, we recovered the bodies of two men in the car. Their families were then contacted.”

The Lagos state police spokesman, Famous Cole, said officials of LASEMA took the wreckage of the car to Yaba Police station around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

He said, “We were informed that officials of LASEMA recovered his body and that of his driver around 2:30 a.m. Parts of the vehicle were compressed, indicating the impact of the collision.”

A family member of the deceased, Kenny Martins, who posted about the incident on Facebook, said, “So tragic; so sad. We lost my cousin, Air Vice-Marshal Olufunsho Martins, yesterday (Saturday) in a Third Mainland Bridge accident. May the good Lord grant repose to the soul of the departed and give succour to the bereaved. He giveth and He taketh. But Lord, why do the good ones leave so early?”


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  • Prosperous Nigeria

    The way we drive SUVs in Nigeria is frightening. You don’t speed with SUVs as you do with Sedans. May God have mercy on their souls.

    • ACTION MAN in ACTION

      My brother no be small speed some drivers do on third mainland bridge o. I get very scared when I see them fly past. If anything happens to those flying cars, you can be sure that even an ant inside will not survive it.

  • Oba of Lagos

    The Oba of Lagos has thrown the wrong Igbo man in the Lagoon… Very sad another mistaken identity, just like Lucky Dube was murdered as a result of mistaken identity…!
    Well, Nigeria is every that no one is safe even those demons that Satan is using to keep it going even when they know it is pure evil with no hope for all those inhabiting it!

    • Dapo Law

      May your lineage die at their prime.

  • ACTION MAN in ACTION

    Very tragic and sad. May their souls rest in peace may their families have the strength to bear the loss.