Nigeria: How a Delta Task Force Member Allegedly Strangled a Keke Rider in Sapele

Nigeria: How a Delta Task Force Member Allegedly Strangled a Keke Rider in Sapele

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The streets of Sapele were rocked by a tragic incident that has left the community in shock and anger. It all began with a seemingly routine encounter between a member of the Delta State Revenue Task Force, known as Tunde, and a Keke rider, Augustine Williams. The two men got into a heated argument over the daily revenue levy that Tunde was demanding from Augustine.

According to sources who wished to remain anonymous, the situation quickly escalated when Tunde tried to seize the key to Augustine’s tricycle. In an attempt to defend himself, Augustine grabbed Tunde’s hand, and a physical altercation ensued. Witnesses reported that amidst the chaos, Tunde allegedly strangled Augustine, causing him to collapse in distress.

“We saw him jerking uncontrollably, and we managed to revive him briefly before rushing him to the hospital,” said one eyewitness. Sadly, doctors declared Augustine dead upon arrival at the hospital.

The incident has sparked outrage among onlookers, particularly fellow Keke drivers who have long complained about the harassment and extortion they face from the revenue task force. The tension reached a boiling point, with angry riders mobilizing for a protest when the police intervened.

Ese Agbamitor, a fellow tricycle rider, expressed his frustration, accusing the revenue team enforcers of creating an unbearable environment for them.

The tragic death of Augustine Williams has brought to light the challenges faced by Keke riders in Sapele, and has raised questions about the conduct of the Delta State Revenue Task Force. As the community mourns the loss of one of its own, there is a growing call for justice and accountability.

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