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Friday, February 28, 2020

Anger as hoodlums kill cab driver on Lagos bridge

A cab driver, identified simply as Comrade Ehis, has been killed by hoodlums on the Eko Bridge, Lagos Island area of Lagos State.

Punch Metro gathered that Ehis was driving on the bridge when his car suffered a flat tyre, which made him to park at a section of the bridge to change it before continuing his journey.

It was learnt that while changing the tyre, some hoodlums lurking on the bridge took advantage of the fact that the driver was alone to attack him and dispossess him of his valuables.

After robbing Ehis, the hoodlums reportedly threw him down the bridge and fled the scene.

Ehis was said to have died on the spot, but the circumstances surrounding his death got Nigerians talking, some of whom condemned the government for not providing security on the bridge where he was attacked.

A company, Moving Train Pilot Association, in a condolence message on Twitter, commiserated with the bereaved family and urged the state government to beef up security on the Eko Bridge to keep the users safe.

The post on its Twitter handle, @MOTPA_NG’s, read in part, “Comrade Ehis met with an untimely death late last night on Eko Bridge, close to Costain. We pray and hope his family have the fortitude to bear the loss. Securities need to be beefed up on Eko Bridge and all lights need to be working from 6-7pm Sir @jidesanwoolu @followlasg.

“He had a flat tyre, came down to proffer solution then got attacked by hoodlums who took his belongings and then still threw him off the bridge. If there was security personnel’s presence and lights on the bridge were lit then he wouldn’t have died or met with the hoodlums.”

A picture attached to the post showed Ehis’ remains lying on the ground. Bloodstains were also seen on the floor, while another picture of him posing in his car was also attached to the post.

Reacting to the post, Nigerians blamed the government and the police for insecurity on bridges in the state and also shared their experience when their vehicles developed mechanical faults on the Eko Bridge.

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