Two Islamic clerics lost their lives on Saturday after the jeep they were traveling in collided with a bus and plunged into a canal at the Iyana Ipaja end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
The jeep was said to be attempting to halt when a big yellow bus with number plate FKJ 201 SH rammed into them, causing both vehicles to veer off the expressway into the canal.
A relative of Al-Ameen, who preferred to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the family, said the clerics were on their way to the Ifo area of Ogun State when the unfortunate incident occurred.
The relative said, “Although Al-Ameen was not the one driving the jeep, he was the owner of the vehicle. He was 64 years and the Zonal Missioner of Shams ul Deen, an Islamic society.
“The driver of the vehicle, Thiamiyu, was 50 years and he was the Zonal Missioner of the Shasha branch of Shams ul Deen.
“Both of them had gone for a religious programme in Ikorodu and were on their way back to Ifo when the accident occurred.”
It was learnt that officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency; the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Lagos State Ambulance Service and policemen attached to the Elere Police Division raced to the scene in an attempt to rescue the victims to no avail.
The General Manager, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, said the corpses had been handed over to the police.
It was learnt that the two victims had been buried on Sunday morning according to Islamic rites.