Mrs Omofemiwa Ibrahim, mother of billionaire businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim, has died in a fire incident. Fire razed her Victoria Garden City (VGC) residence in the early hours of Saturday.
Neighbours said the septuagenarian was pronounced dead at the scene after fire fighters arrived the scene.
Her remains were said to have been deposited at the Lagos State General Hospital Morgue.
In a tweet the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said the fire was caused by power surge.
Lagos State Fire Service Director Rasaki Musibau said the fire service was alerted at 02.20am and its Lekki Phase 1 station arrived at the scene around 02.27am.
According to him, the service met the VGC fire station on ground, which doesn’t have enough equipment to put the inferno.
The firefighters later quenched the fire and left around 4am.
“If we have been alerted earlier, we would have reduced the damaging effects,” he said.
The commodity, he said, was handed over to LASEMA.
Police Spokesman Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent (CSP) confirmed the incident.
“Report available showed that she was the only casualty,” he said, adding that investigations were on to determine the cause of the incident
The 78-year-old woman reportedly was moved to VGC to be close to her billionaire son after she was released by kidnappers in 2011.
She was kidnapped in Igbotako, Ondo State and released in Sapele, Delta State after her family paid millions as ransom.