In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, August, 2020

Horror! How A Lagos Boat Helmsman Triggered The Demise Of 12 Passengers Over N300

Horror! How A Lagos Boat Helmsman Caused The Death Of 12 Passengers Over N300

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Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, on Tuesday, paraded a business boat helmsman, Bimbo Elebiju, for allegedly inflicting the demise of 12 of his passengers whereas conveying them to their locations, The PUNCH reviews.

The victims had been stated to have drowned after the wave of a ship crusing alongside the Kirikiri waterfront made the boat, which engine had been switched off throughout an argument between Bimbo and his passengers over the fare, to capsize.

Odumosu, whereas parading Bimbo on the command headquarters in Ikeja, stated 20 passengers boarded the boat from Kirikiri to Badagry, however whereas on the best way, the passengers disagreed with the helmsman on the fare.

Odumosu stated Bimbo indicated that the fare was N1,500, however the passengers insisted on paying N1,200, including that the helmsman switched off the engine of the boat by the waterfront due to the N300 distinction in fare.

He acknowledged that when the ship sailed alongside, the wave made the boat to float in direction of a stationary barge, the place it capsized, including that Bimbo jumped into the water, deserted his passengers and escaped.

Whereas 5 passengers had been rescued, the CP stated 10 others drowned, including that the rescued passengers gave an account of Bimbo’s motion earlier than the tragedy struck.

He stated Bimbo was trailed and arrested, including that he could be charged.

Odumosu acknowledged, “On July 29, 2020, round 5.45pm, our marine operatives acquired a misery name business boat with the inscription: ‘Mount Zion Transport’, fitted with 150HP Yamaha outboard engine, which was conveying 20 passengers from Kirikiri to Badagry, drifted in direction of a stationary barge and capsized alongside the Kirikiri waterfront.

“5 passengers had been rescued, whereas 12 corpses had been recovered. Three persons are nonetheless lacking. The helmsman, Bimbo Elebiju, swam to security. Investigation revealed that the accident was brought on by the deliberate act of the helmsman. There was an argument between the deckhand and the passengers as to the transport fare.

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“Bimbo insisted on N1,500 per passenger and the passengers stated they might solely pay N1,200 every. Due to the N300 distinction, the helmsman turned off the engine on a turbulent waterfront. A giant ship handed and stirred the water, making a wave that made the boat to float in direction of the stationary barge. The suspect was trailed to his hideout and arrested after the survivors of the accident gave the true account of what occurred. He shall be charged.”

In one other improvement, a self-acclaimed conventional ruler, Lateef Olarinde, 72, and 4 suspected hoodlums have been arrested for allegedly inflicting mayhem within the Satellite tv for pc City space of the state, which led to the demise of some residents.

The opposite suspects had been recognized as Yusuf Olarinde, 38; Sanni Olarinde, 37; Ayomide Lateef, 29; and Kazeem Sadiku, aka Alawori, 35.

Odumosu stated, “The principal suspect, who claimed to be the ruler of the Oguntedo neighborhood, had been mobilising armed males to unleash terror on indigenes of Ashaogun neighborhood over a time frame. The assaults often include sporadic gunfire and killing of harmless individuals.

“After the assaults, the suspects often go into hiding. On March 18, 2020, and July 18, 2020, the identical set of individuals killed one particular person and injured a number of others. It was additionally revealed that the suspects had participated in a sequence of theft operations in Satellite tv for pc City and its environs.

“The DPO, Satellite tv for pc City Police Station, Chike Oti, ensured the seize of the prison dynasty of the self-acclaimed conventional ruler of Oguntedo neighborhood. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects shall be arraigned as quickly as investigation is concluded.”

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Additionally paraded had been members of kidnap syndicates, together with Ayeni John, 45; Tijani Gafari, 38; Ojonla Oyetakin, 30; and Paul Orimisan, 38, who had been alleged to be terrorising and kidnapping Lagos residents plying the waterways.

The suspects had been stated to have kidnapped a Syrian alongside the Eko Atlantic waterway in Lagos.

Odumosu additionally paraded 9 suspected visitors robbers, Ismail Tosin, 23; Lukman Nojeem, 18; Segun Ade, 20; Rafiu Jamiu, 29; Lateef Yusuf, 28; Mabinuola Wale, 20; Taiwo Hazan, 19; Adeleke Oluwasegun, 17; and Adeniji Saliu, 18; three theft suspects, Dare Hassan, 35; Ajanaku Azeez, 35; and Clarkson Oritshejubemi, 36.

One Emeka Okun, 28, was apprehended for allegedly stealing batteries from telecommunication firms, and suspected unlawful arms sellers, Shapraku Umade, 19; Moses Anzuur, 19; and James Tsebee, 20.

Whereas Ojewole Saburi, 26; and Olawale Samson, 28, had been nabbed for unlawfully possessing firearms, a faux soldier, Yemi Ayeni, 32, was charged for assaulting a policewoman, Inspector Martina Onyeacho, in a footage that went viral just lately.

Within the final one month, Odumosu stated the command had arrested 27 suspected armed robbers and 15 visitors robbers, and efficiently foiled 22 visitors theft makes an attempt, including that two theft suspects died throughout trade of gunfire with the police.


“4 suspects had been arrested for kidnapping; 19 had been arrested for homicide and the command prevented seven suicide makes an attempt,”
he added.

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