A resident of Lagos State simply identified as Mrs Ajoku has condemned the activities of container-laden trucks in the state, calling on the authorities to check their operations and put in place necessary regulations to secure the lives of road users.
Ajoku’s plea was contained in an emotional video that has gone viral on social media after her daughter and colleague was killed in a container accident.
The deceased and Chima Nnaekpe, her colleague, died on Sunday on their way home from work following the accident.
In the five minutes and 13 seconds video, the widow narrated how her 27-year-old daughter was killed by a reckless trailer driver on Sunday in the Isolo area of the state.
Ajoku noted that it was a colleague who informed them that she was involved in an accident before they would later discover her dead body at the morgue at a general hospital in Yaba.
“I waited and waited the whole night up till 2am in the night for my daughter to come back from work. I was calling her aunt who she was staying with in Surulere. Both of us did not sleep till around 6am when a colleague called and told me that she was involved in an accident and that they were at Isolo General Hospital,” she said.
“When we got to Isolo General Hospital, they were not among those people that were brought in there. They referred us to a general hospital in Yaba and we went there and they told us to check the morgue because they did not bring any living person there. My husband’s friends and son checked the morgue and saw my daughter and her colleague.
“I will like to tell the public that this is getting too much. These containers keep on killing people and nobody talks. My daughter was 27-year-old working with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. She went to Babcock University and was planning to go abroad to do her masters. And this is just how life has been snuffed out of her.”
She called on Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the state governor, to find a lasting solution to the menace of truck drivers in Lagos.
“I want to use this medium to appeal to the authorities to bring these people to book. They will not just keep quiet and stop the life of a promising young girl like that and a promising young man like that. Let the government do something because it is getting too much, especially in this Lagos,” she added.
“If my daughter’s life is going to be used to stop this menace, then, let it be what I have achieved. I know that maybe they will say I am a nobody until somebody’s child is snuffed out before they do something.
“But I think everybody in this Lagos whether you own a car or enter public transport, all of us, our lives are in danger because we encounter all these trailers and containers every day and they are very reckless. Please, let something be done.”
Anyone with with tangible information on how to reach Mrs Ajoku should sent a DM to @yawnaija @yawnaijatv on Instagram