Black Marketer’s Wife And Children Die In Lagos Explosion
A black market operator, David Olabanji, on Saturday, lost his wife, Rhoda, and his two children, during an explosion at his shop in the Dantata area of Satellite Town, Lagos State.
Punch Metro gathered that David, who had been dealing in the adulteration of petroleum products, among others, was at his shop with his family when the explosion occurred suddenly.
In a bid to rescue their children who were sleeping in the shop, David’s wife reportedly ran inside the shop.
Speaking with Punch correspondent on Sunday, a source said the black marketer’s wife and two children were burnt to death by the fire that razed the shop.
The source said, “The man usually deals in the adulteration of PMS products, among others, in his shop. Around 4.30pm on the day of the incident, the man and his wife were outside the shop, while their children were sleeping inside when fire started burning the shop.
“The wife quickly rushed in to rescue her children but she was unlucky. She, alongside her children, got burnt to death by the fire. The man also made an attempt to rescue his family but he couldn’t.
“He sustained severe burns and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. The man was adulterating the PMS products around the shop when the explosion happened.”
The source explained further that David’s wife and children came to visit him from Ibadan, Oyo State, adding that people in the area were aware of his business dealings.
Another eyewitness, Janet Oluwawemimo, when the fire was burning, the deceased woman called for help but the intensity of the fire discouraged people.
“I was here when I started hearing people shouting that fire was burning but I did not know the fire was burning from our side. Immediately I realised that the fire was burning from our side, I ran outside to help so people could assist us in putting out the fire.”
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident to Punch correspondent.
He said David would be investigated for engaging in such an illicit act, adding that he was still undergoing treatment in a hospital.