Some motorcycle riders’ union officials have reportedly chased a 22-year-old motorcyclist, Nura Kazeem, to death over a N600 ticket at the Aseese, Ogun State end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The PUNCH reported that Kazeem who was preparing to travel home to his brothers in the north rammed into a white Mazda bus, leading to his death.
Witnesses revealed that one of the union members, identified simply as Ayomo, and some of his colleagues pursued the victim who had refused to buy the daily ticket because he was preparing to travel.
Ayomo and his colleagues immediately fled the scene after Kazeem died, according to a witness identified as Khalid Abdullahi.
He said, “I was coming from Oshodi to Asese in a public bus when I saw two motorcycles coming at top speed.
“A white Mazda bus in our front wanted to drop off passengers at the ASCON Bus-stop, while the bus I was in also wanted to drop off passengers at the same bus stop. But as the white bus wanted to park, one of the speeding motorcycles rammed into it.
“When I saw the accident, I came down from the bus to help the victim when I saw that he was one of our brothers. We dragged him to a side of the road, but he was already dead. As the motorcycle union officials saw what happened, they turned back and fled.”
The Seriki of the Hausa community in Ibafo, Alhaji Shehu Usman, who noted that the incident could have caused a tribal war in the state, urged the state government to educate the union on how to go about their work.
He said, “The government should bear this in mind and warn these people. There are ways to go about this type of issue without harassing people.”
The Asese branch Chairman of the union, Agboola Afolabi, said he was working with the Arewa community to resolve the matter.
He said, “I was on my way to Abeokuta when someone called me that something was happening in my unit and that someone had died. I turned back to come and resolve the issue. When I got there, I was shocked when I saw the scene.
“But I am grateful to the Arewa community here that they are peaceful people and they helped us to create peace in this situation.”