Tragic: Okadaman Crushed by PSP Truck in Lagos During Fight with Conductor
A commercial motorcycle operator popularly referred to as Okadaman lost his life at the weekend while struggling with a truck conductor in the Egbeda area of Lagos state.
The truck, which belongs to a private sector participant (PSP) waste collector, was said to have crushed the okadaman after he fell off the truck which he had earlier latched on to in a bid to fight its conductor.
The okadaman, identified simply as Lekan, was in his early 30s and was riding home around 7 pm with a television set when he had an argument with the truck conductor over the right of way.
An eyewitness identified as Balogun told newsmen, “The death was avoidable. I saw the Okadaman struggling with the PSP truck over right-of-way.”
The eyewitness further explained that “One of the motor boys, who usually perched by the side and atop of the truck, in anger over the Okadaman’s daring act, made some derogatory remarks that reportedly angered him.
“He abandoned his motorcycle by the side of the road with a television set he was taking to his newly-rented apartment, and gave a hot chase after the truck to attack the motor boy.
“He caught up with the truck and held the motor boy by the collar. While they were struggling, the Okadaman lost his grip and fell on the road. Unfortunately, the moving truck ran over him, crushing his head.
“He was left in a pool of his blood, before policemen from Idimu Police Station came to remove the corpse.”
Vanguard reports that Lekan left behind a widow and a six-month-old child. While the circumstances of Lekan’s death are yet to be fully investigated, it will be recalled that motorcycles have been repeatedly banned in different parts of Lagos.
In January, the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) called for a nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles to ensure safety.