Tragedy struck in Kemta-Idi Aba area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, as a passenger jerked suddenly and died inside a taxi on his way to buy herbal medicine.
The passenger, identified as Michael Hogan, was said to have boarded the taxi from Odeda in Odeda Local Government and on his way to Idi Aba in the Abeokuta metropolis when tragedy struck.
Our correspondent gathered that the driver of the taxi got to know of the strange death of his passenger when he would not alight from the car on getting to his destination.
The driver however raised an alarm that attracted fellow taxi drivers and passers-by to the scene.
Hogan, who had been ill for sometime, was said to be hurrying to the home of a vendor of herbal remedies in Abeokuta, but he died on the way.
Passers-by were said to have encouraged the driver to carry the remains of the passenger to the nearest police station, Kemta-Idi Aba Divisional Police Headquarters, Kemta.
Another round of confusion ensued as the police did not only detain the driver, but also had to contend with the curious crowd that besieged the station in a bid to catch a glimpse of both the driver and corpse.
Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, saying the driver discovered that his passenger, identified as Michael Hogan, had died in his car at Iyana Mortuary area at around 7:45am and went to the Police station to report it.
Adejobi, a deputy superintendent of police, said the family of the deceased had been contacted, and they claimed Hogan had been ill for a long time.
He said, “The family said Hogan left home early in the morning for Abeokuta to collect herbal remedies not knowing that he would end his journey on the way.
“The police will soon release the corpse to the family for burial as requested after due process”.