Driver sleeps overnight in bus, found dead by morning

A man who made a living driving the commercial bus popularly known as danfo was found dead in his bus after he slept in it overnight

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Big Daddy, as he is fondly called, a commercial driver of the popular danfo bus, was found dead with his head on the steering in the wee hours of the morning a few days ago.

The deceased, who hailed from Odogbolu, Ogun State, but lived in the Ikorodu, Lagos with his family had slept in the bus overnight but was found dead in the morning..

However, a executive of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) said the driver might have been killed by depression resulting from a debt burden.

“It is not the first time that commercial drivers would sleep overnight in their buses in this park, especially those who come from distant places like Ikorodu, Lagos Island and so on. Big Daddy plied daily between the Ojodu Berger and Oshodi areas.

“When he finished work at about 10pm, he complained that he was feeling very weak. He bought a bag of sachet water and emptied them on his body. It was just this morning that I was called on the phone that he died inside his bus.

“The only thing I know is that he had a debt on his neck. He was paying back the money he borrowed to purchase the bus in installments. The bus recently developed faults. His wife and only son, Sunday, stay in Ikorodu, and have been informed about his death.”

Another driver in the park, who gave his name simply as Babatunde, added that the radio which the deceased was listening to still blared when he was found dead.

He said, “We switched off the radio. I have never seen such a strange death. His first wife died about nine months ago, and he recently remarried. He died while sleeping on the steering.

He was wearing only his underwear. He was a gentleman. It was shocking he died suddenly like that.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, is yet to speak on the issue.

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