Family of boy killed in Lagos refuse to believe he actually died

Nosa Igiebor’s family is still waiting to know what exactly killed Nosa Igiebor, just 12 days after he fell into a shallow drain at the Lekki toll gate. Nosa Igiebor was a pharmaceutical dealer…

Family of boy killed in Lagos refuse to believe he actually died

Nosa Igiebor’s family is still waiting to know what exactly killed Nosa Igiebor, just 12 days after he fell into a shallow drain at the Lekki toll gate. Nosa Igiebor was a pharmaceutical dealer from Owo, Ondo State, who was travelling by Ajah bus to Lagos.

Little did he know that he would die while trying to navigate the ramp, according to his mother, Felicia Igiebor.

“He did not even know he was going to a pool of water. He did not even know the bridge was narrow,” Felicia said at the weekend.

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Felicia, the mother of three of Nosa’s seven children, told newsmen on Sunday that she had received no calls from the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) or the office of the Lagos State Traffic Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, to confirm Nosa’s death, even after a post-mortem report was concluded.

She said she received the news on the same day Nosa died, that he had died in her arms. “I could not believe it. I just took my last born to help him in his business. He was trying to change a tyre. I could not be there because I was already in the ambulance. I got a call and we rushed back, but he was already dead,” she said.

Felicia Igiebor/LTRMPR /HuffPost

After coming back from the ambulance that took him to the hospital, she said, “One of the LTRMPR officers took him into a cubicle, but I could not hold him. He was bleeding.”

But neither Igiebor nor her husband, Joseph Igiebor, the deceased’s father, saw him die on that fateful day. “Two or three of my sisters-in-law who saw him bleed told me he had died in my arms. I immediately took them to LTRMPR and I was soon taken away. They promised to get the post-mortem report, but this is a second week now.”

Felicia then called LTRMPR, who told her she needed to follow the wrong channels. “I then called Ondo State commissioner of police, but they told me the same thing.”

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She went on: “It is clear that someone is trying to hide the truth from us. The next day I got a call and I took them to the hospital where the police said there was no corpse, that they just saw blood. I was so disappointed.”

As part of efforts to find out what really happened to her son, Felicia sent a petition to The Guardian, asking it to lead the agitation to get answers from the Lagos State government on how her son was killed.

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