Her son died by the side of the road, on the Thursday afternoon of July 15, 2018. Aminu Mohammed Mahmud lives along the Lekki–Epe Expressway.
But for one Aliko Dangote who picked up his body, it could have been just another traffic accident, even though they say life has no meaning if it is not involved in an accident.
In that calamity-infested area of Lagos which hosts numerous wrecks and carnage where scores of lives are lost annually, this family’s tragedy was not the one most affected by the incident but the solidarity of their midst who rallied round the family and prayed for the soul of their loved one, especially that of the driver, Abdulazeez Mohammed, who lost his life.
The incident came as a shock to everyone, including the suspect. While his actions in saving the life of the victim was commendable, they wondered what the action would have done to save his life if they had not taken him to the hospital.
But it was the shock of a lifetime to the bereaved mother Aminu who questioned the actions of the suspect as there was no difference between the body of the two men.
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She recalled her last conversation with her son telling her that he would be back home soon as he wanted to join other members of the family to give out rice to the poor.
“My son did not just die that day. His blood was as thick as it is red. I am still in shock. Even before we took him to the hospital, he told me how they were carjacked by some hoodlums on the highways and he was forced to carry the car. They left him after that incident,” said the disappointed mother.
“You see, I could not even watch the funeral mass since I still cannot believe he is no more. Everything is a blur. I went to do my own thing and saw some car dealers offering their own condolences to the family. They said they would take care of the deceased’s kids,” she lamented.
The mother described the suspect as not a good person, saying he did not deserve the opportunity he got to help save the lives of others on that fateful day. She recalled that he failed to cooperate and when they did ask him questions on how he came to kill his friend, he told them that the driver of the car hit him and that he would be charging him to court when it was time.
This is just like the yearnings of other members of the bereaved family in the “the land of the living” who watched the sad drama unfolding on the national television.
“We did not think that the strange taskmaster, my joy-slidden son, could have to die at the mercy of other human beings,” she lamented.
They prayed for the murderer to be brought to book and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to grant amnesty to anyone behind that murder of a life.
Aminu had hoped for justice to prevail in accordance with the rule of law in the society but no-one will say if justice was served because the suspect has not been charged for the murder of her son.
The incident led to a power outage as the network had to be rebuilt at the scene of the incident.
Unfortunately, while the restoration of electricity was being carried out, it left other people to wonder how a murderous would be arrested even without a court charge for a murder incident.