Ladi Kayode ,Abeokuta
There was confusion in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital yesterday, as a man identified as Michael Hogan died inside a taxi. Sources said the deceased had been sick and on that particular day he was on his way to buy some herbal medicine for the treatment of his ailment.
The victim who was coming from Odeda village in Odeda Local government area of the state to purchase the herbal medicine somewhere in Abeokuta, but could not get to the destination before he gave up the ghost inside the cab. Our correspondent gathered that, the deceased simply identified as Michael Hogan boarded the taxi cab, but unknown to the driver, his passenger who sat behind was dead in the course of the journey, until when they got to Iyana Mortuary junction, the expected bus stop for him to disembark.
The taxi driver we gathered had called the victim’s attention without response and looked back only to discover that, his passenger was stone dead, and he quickly raised the alarm, which attracted passerby and other road users. However, the driver who was terrified over the incident was encouraged to report the incident to the police station with the corpse, which he did. At the Kemta Police Station, where the case was reported, there was a mild drama, as the driver was temporarily arrested, while the remains were later deposited at the morgue.
The Union report that, hundreds of residents of the town, also trooped to the police station, to have a glimpse of the corpse, a development which caused confusion as the police tried to prevent the crowd. When contacted, Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident, adding that the taxi driver discovered around 7:45am that his passenger, now identified as Michael Hogan, had died in his car at Iyana Mortuary area and went to the Police station to report it.
Adejobi, said the family of the deceased has been traced and contacted, adding that upon inquiry, they claimed Hogan had been ill for a long time, with further explanation from the family that the said Hogan left home early in the morning for Abeokuta to collect herbal remedies unknown to him that would be his end. He said the Police would soon release the corpse to the family for burial as requested after due process are followed and an autopsy conducted on him.