By Samuel Ogundipe
Malaysian authorities say they’re barricading a lake that claimed the lives of two Nigerians at a mysterious stretch in the outskirts of the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
The crash occurred at about 9:40 a.m., Saturday, along Puchong Permal Road after the car in which the two young Nigerians were riding plunged into a mining pond behind a sharp bend off an unlit carriage way, Malaysian police told WESTERN POST on Sunday.
Rescue team recovered the vehicle 15 meters deep about 4 hours later.
Police Commissioner Abdul Aziz Ali told WP the accident occurred because the driver was not familiar with the notorious bend. He ruled out any suspicion of drunk-driving.
“The men were driving along Puchong Permal Road where there’s a dangerous bend very close to a cliff but they failed to follow the U-Shape of the road and plunged into the mining pond,” he said. “There’s no alcohol in their system at all.”
The two Nigerians involved in the ghastly crash have been identified as Akala Temitayo Akintunde, 34, from Iwo, Osun-State, and Azeez Lamidi, 31, from Ago-Iwoye, Ogun-State.
The police chief said the remains of the victims have been deposited at Serdang Hospital in downtown Kuala Lumpur and are awaiting instruction from Nigeria Embassy on how to airlift the bodies back to Nigeria.
“We sent messages to the Nigeria Embassy here but we have not heard anything from them,” he said. “Our investigations have been concluded and the bodies are ready to be collected at Serdang Hospital mortuary.”
A police officer was reportedly killed at the same spot while trying to negotiate the bend last month and municipal authorities are said to be working on a plan to put street lights around the dangerous lake.
Malaysia’s The Star Newspaper quoted a municipal officer as saying, “We will install a fence at the area between the road bend and the pond and erect a warning sign. Street lights will be put up as well.”
WESTERN POST’s efforts to reach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.