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Man Crushed To Death While Crossing Ojota Express Road

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A middle-aged man who had travelled safely with his wife from Ibadan
to Lagos was crushed to death at Ojota, just minutes after alighting
from the bus on Tuesday, witnesses said.

He had shunned the pedestrian bridge some metres away only for a commuter bus to crush him.

The couple left Ibadan at about 2.30 p.m. and journeyed safely for
about two hours throughout the about 150 kilometre distance between the
two states only for the man to be killed minutes on arrival at his final
destination at about 4.30 p.m.


Witnesses said the deceased, only
identified as Olamide, was about crossing the busy Ikorodu expressway at
Ojota area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria, when a speeding yellow commuter
bus popularly known as danfo, crushed him, a few metres away from a
pedestrian bridge constructed by the government to prevent expressway
crossing that results in fatal accidents such as this one.

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The bus
driver, it was learnt, was fleeing from officials of the Lagos State
Traffic Management Agency, LASTMA, who had sighted him plying a BRT
lane, a restricted lane not meant for commuter bus drivers.

For
some minutes, the man’s wife had thought her husband was by her side.
However, after hearing the big bang, she looked back and saw him lying
on the road with blood gushing out of his broken head.

It was
learnt that because the man did not show any sign of life, coupled with
the blood spread all around him, other passersby pronounced him dead
right there without any medical report.

Witnesses said there was no attempt to take the man to the hospital since he ‘was no longer breathing.’

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Many
people die in Lagos as they try to cross expressways, some even under
the pedestrian bridge. The Lagos Sate Government has continually
encouraged people to take the pedestrian bridges to avert such
disasters.

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.

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