Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has promised investigation into the circumstances leading to the the death of popular Alimosho Politician, Alhaji Shakiru Alabi Balogun (SAB).
SAB died on Friday, July 21st, in an automobile accident allegedly caused by obstruction of traffic flow by waste truck drivers at Oko-Filling Bus Sto,p in Igando Area of Lagos.
After he was struck by a danfo bus, the deceased was rushed to the Alimosho General Hospital at Igando for emergency medical attention, located some 200 meters away from the scene of the accident, but the health workers on duty allegedly “insisted SAB must be properly identified before he could be treated.”
He died waiting to be attended to in the hospital, according to his family members.
SAB’s political followers are also clamouring for an investigation into the circumstance that led to his disqualification from the just concluded Local Government Election. The diseased, who was a Chairmanship Aspirant for the Igando/Ikotun LCDA under the umbrella of the All Progressive Congress, was forced to step down for another candidate, Dr. (Mrs.) Morenike Williams, few weeks to the polls. The lady later went on to win the election.
But in response to these allegations, Ambode, who was represented by his Senior Adviser on Civic Engagement, Kehinde Joseph and his counterpart in the Ministry of Environment, Babatunde Humpe, on a condolence visit to the bereaved family of the diseased, assured them that a committee would be set up to look into the matter with the ultimate intention to dispense justice as soon as possible.
“I can assure you that all the complaints would be looked into and the culprits would be made to face the music. This administration does not condone any act of lawlessness no matter whose ox is gored,” Joseph noted, on behalf of his boss.
As part of attempt to calm all the fraying nerves, Ambode also announced that, in response to the growing lamentation of the people over the nuisances of the truck drivers at Oko –filling, his administration has concluded plans to close the dumpsite and the other one at Ojota before the end of the year.
“The Governor has told me to assure you all that on or before the end of this year, all these concerns would be addressed. As a matter of fact, the governor has almost concluded plans to close the dumpsite together with the one at Ojota. Arrangements for the alternative, a modern waste management system will soon be introduced on or before the end of the year,” Joseph added.
Meanwhile, CITYVOICE can exclusively report that while this promise is being made, another ghastly automobile accident occurred at the same Oko-Filling bus stop, Igando Area on Sunday night (July 29, 2017),leading to the loss of one life.
Speaking with this reporter at his fidau prayer, Mr. Abdullateef Olawale, President, Alimosho Youth Development Association of Nigeria (AYDAN) insisted that “the late SAB was practically coerced to withdraw from the political field for the anointed candidate of the party gladiators.
“And this is a painful development, especially as his emergence would have presented a rare opportunity to the people of the local government to have a genuine leader with unquestionable leadership competences, connectedness to the people, political clout, fear of God and extreme compassion to touch lives. This is a political robbery. And we would not relent to cry for justice,” he added.
Administering the Fidau prayer, the presiding cleric, Sheikh Sulaimon Adangba, pleaded with the political gladiators in the Igando/Ikotun LCDA to end the ongoing political acrimonies, for the sake of the departed soul, SAB.
Adangba reiterated that SAB was a honest, dependable, humble and compassionate human being, urging his political associate to immortalize him.
“This can be done with the establishment of a foundation where an annual lecture, centering on his ideologies and attributes, would be entrenched. A book could also be written about him, to properly document his legacies for the benefit of Alimosho politicians and the entirety of Lagos and the entire country. God is my witness; this is a beautiful soul that has been lost. His death is a big minus to us all,” he added.
Late Shakiru Alabi Balogun’s four children pleaded with Nigerian government, international NGOs and good Samaritans to assist them through the hard times as the death of their breadwinner has created a huge economic vacuum that could hinder their education and eventually their future careers.
‘’All I would ever plead for, on behalf of my brothers and sister, is support for our education. Once we have good and complete education, we are good to take the world by the storm,” Abdulahmeed Balogun, the first born, pleads.