Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Body of drowned PDP chieftain yet to be recovered

LAGOS — The body of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain in Lagos, Mr Al-Mustaim Abaniwonda, who reportedly jumped into a lagoon in Marina, Lagos, Monday,  is yet to be recovered. Search by policemen from the Marine division and local divers, who battled to no avail, Monday night, to recover the body of Abaniwonda, who lost the Lagos East Senatorial seat in the April general elections, continued yesterday.
Friends of the late Abanoiwonda said to have rushed to the scene on Monday, joined in the search without luck. A private search party, said to have been organised by some of his friends, reportedly combed the lagoon.
Reports said the incident occurred at about 3 p.m, at Leventis bus-stop, after the 56-year-old Epe-born politician, said to be returning from an undisclosed bank on the Island, informed his driver that he was pressed.
The unsuspecting driver identified as Wasiu, reportedly parked for his boss to ease himself, only to be attracted by an alarm raised by some on-lookers.
Wasiu in his statement to Policemen at the Marine division, said he found his boss inside the lagoon, struggling to get out, only for him to submerge in the water.
Contacted, the Lagos State Police Command spokesman, Mr Samuel Jinadu, confirmed that search was still on.
He explained “Normally,  if the body of a drowned person is not recovered the first day, there is every tendency that it will be recovered on the third day. Men from Marine Police are still combing the Lagoon.”
It was learnt that Wasiu was subsequently arrest by Policemen from marine division but Jinadu did not state whether he was still in Police custody.