A journalist, Akinwunmi Dickson, and his son Nelson, have been killed in a fire that gutted a shopping complex on Awolowo Way, in Ikeja, Lagos.
PUNCH reports that both Dickson, 50, who is the publisher of Brand Campaign, and his son, 12, were asleep in an office in the complex when the incident happened around 5am on Sunday.
An eyewitness , Wasiu Hamsat, said the deceased were choked to death by the smoke of the fire, adding that their corpses were found at the entrance of Akinwunmi ’s office . “I was asleep when I heard a noise around 5am. People were shouting that a building was on fire . We quickly called the fire service .
“When they did not show up on time, people were forced to break into the shop which was on fire . That was around 6 am. But the smoke was much and nobody could enter . It was the smoke that killed the journalist and his son because the fire did not gut his office .
“At times , if there was traffic , he usually slept in the office with his child . No one knew he was inside the office because everybody was busy finding a way to put out the fire .
“Before we knew they were there , it was too late . They had struggled to open the door, but could not see anything because the smoke was much . In fact , people found them dead at the back entrance to his office. ”
CSP Chike Oti, the Lagos State Police spokesman, confirmed the incident in a statement, saying the corpses had been taken to a morgue.
“On September 9 , 2018 , around 5. 20 am, there was a distress call to the police control room that there was a fire at a shopping complex and a residential building on Awolowo way, Ikeja, Lagos .
“One of the shops where the fire started was completely gutted ; one Akinwunmi Dickson, 50, and his son, Nelson Dickson, 10, who slept in one of the shops used as an office in the building were choked to death as a result of smoke from the burnt shop.
“Various patrol vehicles provided security. Values of property destroyed have not yet been estimated . The corpses have been taken to IDH mortuary, Yaba, for autopsy. Investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing .”
Also Bola Ajao, the Public Affairs Officer, Lagos State Fire Service, confirming the incident, stating that the nearest fire stations were mobilised to the scene.