Fight Over N400 Levy Leaves Keke Operator Dead


Sapele, in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, on Wednesday, witnessed a tragic event when a tussle between a member of the revenue taskforce team and a tricycle operator over non-payment of a daily levy of N400, resulted in the latter’s death.

During a fight, the ticket boy, simply identified as Tunde, but fondly called Osama, reportedly held the tricycle Keke rider, Augustine Williams, by his neck.

Williams reportedly collapsed and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, where he was taken to for medical attention.

Eyewitnesses Said that trouble started when Osama attempted to seize the tricycle operator’s key, which resulted in a heated argument

Stated an eye witness: “Struggle ensued when Osama attempted to remove the Keke key and Augustine held his hand. The situation escalated into a fight, during which Osama grabbed Augustine by the neck, causing him to collapse”.

Lamenting the unfortunate incident, a commercial tricyclist, Ese Agbamitor, noted that operators were constantly subjected to harassment and other forms of attack by the members of the revenue task force.

Meanwhile, the Motorcycle and Tricycle Operators Association, COMTOA, Sapele Chapter, has denied involvement in the killing of the victim.

A statement signed by the union’s vice chairman, Destiny Uhria, said the suspect involved in the killing of the Keke rider was not their member.

Stated he: “The association is using this medium to inform the general public that the so-called person is neither a member of the association nor a member of the task force”.

Uhria said the incident happened at the time the forum was yet to begin to enforce the arrest of defaulters.

DSP Bright Edafe, Spokesperson of the Delta State Police Command, confirmed that a suspect had been arrested by the police in Sapele and was being held in detention.

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