Highway sweeper knocked to death in Lagos


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A highway sweeper under the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Wednesday lost her life when a vehicle knocked her off the Third Mainland Bridge to the ground.

A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who was at the scene of the accident reports that the sweeper was hit when the vehicle had a bust tyre.

NAN reports that the accident occurred at about 11 a.m. behind Kam Salem House, the Police Headquarters annex at the Obalende.

The driver of the vehicle, military personnel, was said to be speeding when his tyre burst and the vehicle somersaulted severally.

The victim, according to eyewitnesses was flung into the air and thrown over the bridge to the ground.

The unconscious military personnel was taken to the nearby Military Hospital in Ikoyi in a tricycle, popularly known as “Keke Marwa’’ by his colleagues.

The victim, who was identified as Bisi by her colleagues was said to be a dutiful worker who loved her job with passion in spite of the little salary she earned.

An official of Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), who spoke anonymously, confirmed to NAN that the owner of the Peugeot 407 car was on speed when the tyre burst.

As at the time of this report, the mangled body of the victim was covered with cellophane wrapping and cloth while her colleague awaited their managers to arrive at the scene.

1 Comment
  • Jacob Ajayi

    Street sweepers in Lagos State should all be re-assigned to our markets to keep them clean. They can also be deployed to Bus Stops and central business district in Lagos downtown where people only walk and cars are either at snail speed or parked. Making these women sweep highways and byways is not deserving of any Nigerian. There are motorized street sweepers that LAWMA could buy and deploy to sweep our highways and heavy traffic streets at night between 10pm and 4a.m. Exposing Nigerians to danger such as what happened here is unnecessary and does not show respect for human lives.
    I can verify that hundreds of these women have been killed on our roads by dangerous drivers all explained away as being an accident, brake failure etc. A Nigeria should not be exposed to avoidable danger irrespective of how much money is paid to such a worker. Let us stop this madness. God grant the poor woman eternal rest, if she had committed any sin, may she be forgiven.