Monday, 23 November 2015

Conductor Kills Woman In Edo State Over Bus Fare

Tragedy struck on Sunday at the New Benin axis of Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, when a middle-aged woman was clubbed to death by a suspected commercial bus conductor.

Southern City News gathered that a heated argument had ensued between the bus conductor and the deceased over the bus fare.

The conductor was said to have ordered the woman, who was a passenger on the bus, out of the vehicle.

It was learnt that the argument led to a confrontation between the woman and the conductor, who was said to have forced her out of the bus.

She was said to have slumped, when the conductor suddenly hit her with a spanner, but died before she could get any medical attention.

It was also learnt that her body was later dumped beside a nearby secondary school.

Irked by the development some youths reportedly began a protest and vandalised some commercial vehicles at the scene of the incident.

A source said, “I learnt that one conductor killed a passenger. There had an issue over bus fare. So, while he was trying to drag out the woman, he hit the woman with a spanner.

“The woman collapsed; before they could take her to a private hospital, she died. But some people, maybe her family members, came and started smashing some buses.”

The pandemonium that followed was said to have shut down commercial activities in the busy area, while vehicular movement was also grounded for several hours.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Osifo, who confirmed the incident, noted that the bus driver fled the scene of the incident.

He, however, said that efforts were on to identify the culprits.

“The driver ran away with the bus. The bus welfare officials are reaching out on how to identify him. Investigation has started already,” Osifo added.


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