A driver with the Bus Rapid Transit, Collins Nnodi, has gone into hiding after crushing a businesswoman, Mrs Grace Okeleke, to death at the Agric bus stop in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
The incident happened on Monday.
Grace, the wife of the Head of Public Relations, Globacom, Andrew Okeleke, attempted to cross the road after being dropped off by her driver around 7.20pm, when Nnodi, who was driving a bus with number plate EPE 59 XR, knocked her down.
It was learnt that the businesswoman died on the spot.
However, Nnodi was said to have zoomed off and abandoned the victim at the scene of the accident.
Annoyed by the development, it was gathered that an angry mob vandalised some BRT buses plying the route.
Explaining the circumstances surrounding the incident, the family said in a statement that until her death, Grace was a minister at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, adding that the businesswoman was survived by her husband and children.
When contacted, the Chief Security Officer, Primero Transport Services Limited, the franchise holder of the BRT buses, Cletus Okodolor, while commiserating with the family, condemned Nnodi for abandoning Grace at the scene of the accident.
Okodolor said, “We sympathise with the family and we are shocked at the action of the busman. The accident involved one of our buses, with number 344. The bus was coming from Ikorodu inwards Mile 12, and she was trying to cross to the other side of the road without actually looking properly; she entered the BRT corridor to cross and there was contact.
“The woman died on the spot. But the busman did not help matters, because he drove off out of fear of being hurt and refused to put us in the picture. Suddenly, we started getting calls that an angry mob was vandalising our vehicles, because one of our buses knocked someone down on the corridor and we quickly informed the Traffic Division of the Owutu Police Station and its personnel were dispatched in the area.
“When we got there, we learnt that the husband had taken the corpse to the morgue. But during our investigation, we realised that the busman had parked his bus in front of our office and left the engine running, instead of parking it at the right place.
“So, we started searching for the busman, but he was nowhere to be found and that was how we realised that it was the busman, who knocked down the woman.
“The driver is still at large and we are working with the police to get him arrested. We have also taken the bus to the police station.”
‘I Faked My Own death to Escape Financial Pressure from Family’
A 19-year-old girl, Margaret Ikumu, of Oni community in Oju Local Government Area of Benue, has faked her own death on social media to avoid financial pressure from her mother.
A statement signed by DSP Bala Elkana, the Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, made this known on Sunday.
Elkana said that Ikumu, through her Facebook account, reported to have died a few days ago and was secretly buried by her two friends, Marvelous Mary and Nneka Buddy, at Ajah area.
“The family of the fake deceased further stated that they were able to establish contact with the said friends who confirmed to them that their daughter is dead.
“To make them believe that the girl is dead, they sent WhatsApp chats to a member of the girl’s family with picture of a casket showing that the girl is buried.
“The family also got in touch with a man on phone who claimed to be her boyfriend. He corroborated the claim that she is dead,” he said.
Elkana said that the girl was eventually found by the Police to be alive and was working as a home help in an estate at Ajah.
“When her employer saw the report of her purported death, they quickly informed the Police and she was brought to Ajah Police Station.
“In her statement, she (Ikumu) confessed to have created the Facebook account and posted her obituary with intent to keep her family away from her.
“She said that her mother was putting financial pressure on her by constantly demanding that she sends money to her,” he said.
Elkana said that the girl was apparently bitter with her mother and uncles over their inability to sponsor her education after the death of her father.
He said that Ikumu came to Lagos to work with a view to saving some money and returning to school.
Bizarre! Man Sets Sister Ablaze During Argument
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of one Chima for allegedly setting ablaze his elder sister, identified simply as Victoria, at their place of residence by the CAC bus stop in the Okokomaiko area of Ojo.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the siblings were assisting their mother, who was cooking in the kitchen, when trouble started between Victoria and him.
It was learnt that the mother cautioned Victoria against cohabitating with men since she had a home, but an argument ensued between them and Victoria allegedly disrespected her in the process.
Chima, who was angered by what Victoria did to their mother, reportedly grabbed a keg filled with petrol, hit his sister with it and the content spilled on her and their mother.
This was followed by an explosion and the mother and sister were burnt in the process.
In a bid to rescue them, PUNCH Metro gathered that neighbours rushed them to a nearby hospital in Okokomaiko, from where Victoria, who sustained severe burns, was referred to the General Hospital in Igando. However, Victoria died due to the severity of the burns, but the mother survived.
PUNCH Metro gathered that after Chima realised what he had done, he attempted to flee from the scene of the incident, but he was apprehended by youths in the community, who heard the distress call of the victims, just as smoke was coming out from their kitchen.
The neighbours reportedly extinguished the fire and handed over Chima to the police.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed Chima’s arrest, adding that during interrogation, he confessed to setting his sister ablaze for disrespecting their mother.
The PPRO said, “According to the suspect, he set his elder sister ablaze, because she disrespected their mother. The mother was cooking when the brother threw a keg of petrol at the sister and an explosion occurred. The mother also suffered burns, but she is fine, while the sister could not make it.
“The brother has been arrested and the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, for discrete investigation. He will soon be charged. Investigation is ongoing.”
COVID-19 Patient Delivered of Twins at LUTH
A 22-year-old COVID-19 patient has been delivered of a set of twins at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Surulere.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, stated this in a tweet on Tuesday.
He noted that the woman was the fourth coronavirus patient to be delivered of babies at the hospital.
“Today, 19th May, 2020 @LUTHofficial recorded the fourth delivery involving #COVID19 cases.
“The latest is the delivery of twins – (boy and girl) 3.25kg and 3.2kg, respectively. The mother, a 22-year-old lady, tested positive for #COVID19 and was admitted for treatment and necessary observations for the last stage of pregnancy.
“The delivery was carried out through successful Cesarean Section by the medical team@LUTHofficial,” Abayomi wrote.
The commissioner thanked the doctors, nurses and other health workers at the hospital for their dedication and diligence.
He appealed to residents with symptoms of COVID-19, irrespective of their state of health, to go for testing and treatment.