47-year-old Effiong Etim was returning from work on Monday 29 August 2016 when a company vehicle crushed him alongside the motorcycle he was riding. The driver of the vehicle, Henry Uduze, was said to be on a phone call when the incident happened.
“The company driver was coming out of a bank when he was distracted by the call he was receiving. He crushed Effiong and hit another motorcyclist. The back tyre climbed Effiong’s head, but the second victim survived.
“The driver wanted to run away, but the security man at the bank held him. The case was reported at the Isheri Police Station.”
Problem arose when Effiong was taken to hospital and a bill of 50,000 naira given to his wife, Dorothy, who now caters for their 7 kids.
“One of the boys of the man that hit my husband said they could only afford N30,000. When I rejected the money, the policeman who accompanied us said if I didn’t take it, they would leave me to bear the burden alone. Since I was helpless, I had to take it and I added the remaining money.
“When it was evening, a nurse at the centre said she didn’t want to break the news to me directly, but since I had refused to go home, she had no choice. She said my husband was dead.”
“My church got a lawyer for us and after the lawyer spoke with them, they promised to give us N250,000. But what will I do with that? All I want is for them to bury my husband and help my children. I want them to give my children scholarships.”
Lawyer of the victim’s family, Barr Nike Olawepo, said:
“The suspect hit the victim with his company’s vehicle. All efforts to see the company’s representative have proved abortive; they seemed not to be bothered at all. A lawyer, who claimed to be representing the company, said the company can only assist in burying the deceased with N250, 000 and that after the burial, the company will profile Etim’s family before it could think of what to do about the case.
“The deceased, who was from Akwa-Ibom, was the breadwinner of his family of eight and also has aged parents in the village. The family is staying in a single room at Olowora and they are indigent. If this case is not properly managed and investigated, the family of the deceased will suffer double jeopardy.”