Ifeanyi Kalu, a Lagos state artiste, has been in serious agony after an official of the Nigerian Air Force, accused of driving on the Bus Rapid Transit lane in Lagos State, crushed him. Report gathered has it that Ifeanyi was on his way to work in the Ilupeju area of the state when the incident happened.
His remains were said to have been deposited in a mortuary at the Nigerian Air Force base in Lagos. Ifeanyi’s death as a big loss to his family, an actor, Segun Adefila, said he was killed two months after his mother’s death.
He said that the 31-year-old left behind six siblings and an aged father. In a post on his Facebok page, Adefila wrote, “Ifeanyi was a young Nigerian artist who was diminutive in stature but gigantic in strides. His life was one huge struggle for survival without a thought for crime but through a dint of hard work. “On October 20, 2021, Ifeanyi’s life was cut short on the expressway of Ikorodu Road. He lived with his aged father and six siblings and left them at home on that fateful day for a job he just secured”.
“He was on his way to a school (Temple Schools, Ilupeju) where he was helping to teach pupils cultural dance and music. A Nigerian Air Force vehicle travelling on a BRT lane knocked him down. Ifeanyi’s body is still in the Nigerian Air Force base mortuary. “Ifeanyi’s mum is also still in another mortuary. His bereaved family who are definitely inconsolable at the moment also stands the risk of not getting any form of tangible compensation from those whose vehicle knocked him down.”
Adefila, who spoke to newsmen, explained that the deceased was hit between the Obanikoro and Anthony ends of the Ikorodu Road. While insisting that the Air Force was responsible for the accident, he said some companies in the vicinity could confirm his claim with their CCTV footage. “According to them, he (Ifeanyi) had got to the BRT lane when they (NAF vehicle) hit him. He fell on the expressway and a commercial bus just finished the job they started.
What kept everybody quiet was that they acted immediately by picking him up,” he added.
Adefila said the military later offered the family a compensation of N200,000. “But why would they agree to take him to their place or even agree to pay anything if they did not hit him?” he queried.
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