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Air Force officials on BRT lane kill Lagos artiste, offer family N200,000

The group of an artiste, Ifeanyi Kalu, has been tossed into grieving after faculty of the Nigerian Air Force, blamed for driving on the Bus Rapid Transit path in Lagos State, squashed him.

PUNCH Metro assembled that Ifeanyi was en route to work in the Ilupeju space of the state when the episode occurred.

His remaining parts were said to have been saved in a funeral home at the Nigerian Air Force base in Lagos.

Depicting Ifeanyi’s demise as a major misfortune to his family, an entertainer, Segun Adefila, said he was killed two months after his mom’s passing.

He noticed that the 31-year-old left behind six kin and a matured dad.

In a post on his Facebok page, Adefila expressed, “Ifeanyi was a youthful Nigerian craftsman who was minute in height however immense in steps. His life was one tremendous battle for endurance without an idea for wrongdoing yet through a dint of difficult work.

“On October 20, 2021, Ifeanyi’s life was stopped on the freeway of Ikorodu Road. He lived with his matured dad and six kin and left them at home on that portentous day for a task he recently got.

“He was headed to a school (Temple Schools, Ilupeju) where he was assisting with showing understudies social dance and music. A Nigerian Air Force vehicle going on a BRT path wrecked him. Ifeanyi’s body is as yet in the Nigerian Air Force base morgue.

“Ifeanyi’s mum is additionally still in another funeral home. His deprived family who are most certainly melancholy right now additionally stands the danger of not getting any type of unmistakable pay from those whose vehicle wrecked him.”

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Adefila, who addressed PUNCH Metro, explained that the expired was hit between the Obanikoro and Anthony closures of the Ikorodu Road.

While demanding that the Air Force was liable for the mishap, he said a few organizations in the area could affirm his case with their CCTV film.

“As per them, he (Ifeanyi) had got to the BRT path when they (NAF vehicle) hit him. He fell on the freeway and a business transport just followed through with the task they began. What kept everyone calm was that they acted quickly by getting him,” he added.

Adefila said the military later offered the family a remuneration of N200,000.

“Yet, for what reason would they consent to assume him to their position or even consent to pay anything on the off chance that they didn’t hit him?” he questioned.

A representative for the Nigerian Air Force, Edward Gabkwat, disproved Adefila’s case that the tactical vehicle squashed the person in question, saying the 31-year-old was wrecked by a business transport.

He said, “An Air Force vehicle didn’t kill or pound the person in question. From what I realized, the casualty was attempting to go across the street and an Air Force vehicle that was moving toward saw him, and the vehicle out of nowhere halted.

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“The person in question, who was obviously in shock at how the vehicle halted, attempted to return to where he was coming from and I comprehended that a Danfo vehicle squashed him. As an association with mindful work force, the officials, who were in that vehicle, felt it would be awkward to see such an episode and a casualty in that specific state and disregard.

“Along these lines, they settled on their own that they expected to help and pass on him to an Air Force medical clinic and that was the way the casualty wound up in our own medical clinic. Lamentably, it was in that interaction that he surrendered.

“At the point when the casualty passed on, the family asked the Air Force for help to cover him and I comprehended that they (family) concocted an amount of N500,000. The Air Force initiative in the base elected to offer the greater part of what they inquired.”

He demanded that the Air Force faculty didn’t handle the BRT hall or violate any law.

Ifeanyi’s sibling, Ikechukwu, rejected that the family looked for the help of the military.

He said, “They were the ones that previously hit him and the effect of hitting my sibling pushed him on the freeway where the transport killed him. Indeed, even the individual addressing us in the interest of the Air Force said their vehicle brushed him on the BRT path.

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“They originally surged him to a close by medical clinic where he was dismissed before they took him to the tactical emergency clinic where he passed on that very day. We are not looking for help; I have the message they sent us requesting a gathering and to know how we need them to help us.”

The Head, Corporate Communications, Primero Transport Services Limited, administrator of the BRT, Mutiu Yekeen, while sympathizing with the casualty’s family, depicted the occurrence as unfortunate.

He said, “In our own activity, we generally illuminate our busmen to be exceptionally cautious when driving on the BRT passageway, not to mention individuals that shouldn’t utilize the path. Anyone that isn’t allowed by LAMATA to utilize the passage is passing there wrongfully.”

A representative for the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Kolawole Ojelabi, said the office had put forth attempts to stop unlawful utilization of the BRT path.

He said, “We have done a great deal of promotion and have even visited the Air Force base in Ikeja to advise them of the need to assist us with speaking to military staff, especially flying corps faculty not to utilize the BRT path. The BRT path is saved for BRT transports and not so much for some other vehicle.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, still couldn’t seem to react to calls made to his telephone as of the time this report was recorded.

Chief of Air Staff, Isiaka Amao and Ifeanyi Kalu

 

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