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Lagos LG polls: Truck crushes aspirant to death

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Less than 24 hours to the commencement of the Lagos state Local Governments election, one of the chairmanship aspirants for the Ikotun/Igando Local Council Development Area, Shakiru Balogun, was crushed to death by a truck.

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Mr Balogun, popularly known as SAB, was a former Chairman, National Union of Local Government Employees of the LCDA and a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The aspirant was going to the council secretariat when the driver of the PSP truck lost control of the truck and rammed into his Toyota 4runner at Okofili Bus Stop, LASU-Isheri Road.

An eyewitness, Fadeyi Daisi, said 52-year-old Balogun died on the spot.

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“The door of the sport utility vehicle was cut with a saw before emergency officials could extricate his body”, he said.

A resident of Abu Taiwo Street, Afolabi Bus Stop, Akesan, where Balogun lived, Joshua Ogundipe, said the incident had thrown the community into mourning.

Mr Ogundipe added, “He accepted defeat at the primaries in good faith. He was going to the office when the incident happened.

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The deceased is survived by two wives and four children and had since been buried according to Islamic rite.



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