The dramatic death of a transport union member, Jelili Jimoh , still confounds many residents of Agbado area of Ogun State where the incident happened .
Jimoh reportedly slumped and died some minutes later after he slapped a commercial motorcyclist (popularly known as okada rider ), Ezekiel Amosu.
Reports learnt that Amosu on Monday picked a passenger going to Beshi bus stop in Agbado from Dalemo, a neighbouring community.
Some distance to the destination, Jimoh was said to have flagged him down and requested him to pay ticket fee for the day .
The rider reportedly gave Jimoh N 100 which he rejected it , saying the sum was small. While the haggling went on, the collector reportedly slapped Amosu and detained his motorcycle , insisting that he should add to the N 100 .
As Amosu was begging to be freed , he received another slap from Jimoh , who started fidgeting afterwards.
“ He went to sit somewhere and before we knew it , he slumped .
We rushed him to a hospital and he was confirmed dead on arrival .
I was stunned , ” an eyewitness , who identified himself simply as Muyiwa , told our correspondent .
“The okada rider didn’ t touch him at all, ” he added .
Narrating what transpired that afternoon , a resident , Simon Johnson , stated that the okada rider explained to Jimoh that he did not frequent Agbado route and that he already paid for a ticket at Dalemo.
He said , “ I was passing by around 2 pm when the incident happened .
The okada rider was trying to explain to Jelili (Jimoh ) that he usually operates around Dalemo.
He was carrying a passenger to Beshi bus stop when he stopped him and asked for ticket fee .
“ The rider gave him N 100 but he said it was little .
He didn’ t even tell him the actual amount to pay.
The boy told him he didn’ t work in Agbado and showed him the ticket he had collected that day. Jelili didn’ t listen .
“He then seized the metal the boy uses to luck his bike and slapped him .
He left the bike and called some people to beg Jelili to release the metal.
He slapped him again and went to sit somewhere .
He started shivering and slumped.
He was confirmed dead at the hospital .
Everyone was shocked because the boy didn’ t touch him . ”
Our correspondent learnt that the Divisional Police Officer , Agbado Division , SP Yero Kuranga , led a team to the scene to douse the tension already brewing in the area .
“ Some people who did not witness what happened were angry.
They would have mobbed the rider but for the police who came to rescue him from the scene , ” an okada rider , Sule Abubakar , said .
“ His friends even testified that the young man didn’ t touch him .
So there was no reason to treat the rider as a suspect .
What I suspect is he had high blood pressure.
His wife told the police that he usually ran temperature at night , ” a source close to the deceased .
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer , DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi , confirmed the incident, adding that it was a case of sudden and unnatural death.
He said , “ It is true.
He slapped the okada rider twice .
He slumped two minutes after and died .
The rider did not touch him and many eyewitnesses testified at the police station .
It was recorded as a case of sudden and unnatural death so arresting the rider will be a miscarriage of justice . ”
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