The Lagos state Police Command has confirmed the death of a 25-year-old man simply identified as Idowu, who was allegedly killed by a truck driver, Fatai Olawunmi, on the Apogbon Road, Lagos Island.
The deceased was among a group of hoodlums who waylaid the truck with number plate, KZR 117 ZT, demanding money from the driver at about 5pm on Sunday.
They had stopped the truck driver to extort money from him illegally and the driver had sped off.
In the process, the deceased who was said to have climbed the back of the trailer without the knowledge of the driver, reportedly fell onto the road after the driver jumped into the vehicle and sped off.
Idowu was rushed to a general hospital, where he was confirmed dead, The Punch had earlier reported.
According to an eyewitness, “The truck was laden with bags of cement and the driver stopped to cover the cement with a tarpaulin on the Apongbon Bridge.
“Some hoodlums immediately surrounded him and demanded money.
“Idowu was among the boys; he climbed the back of the truck. The driver suddenly jumped into the vehicle and zoomed off.
“Idowu fell off and he was rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital where he was confirmed dead.”
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the truck driver was in police custody.
“Investigations are ongoing,” the PPRO noted, adding that Idowu’s corpse had been deposited at the hospital’s morgue.