The discovery of the dead body of a commercial driver inside his bus at the Ojodu-Berger Motor Park in Lagos in the morning of April 30, 2015, has sent shock waves amongst his colleagues and those who knew, with some insinuating that the man who was identified as Big Daddy, could have committed suicide over a huge debt that was ‘hanging on his neck.’
According to some of his colleagues, Big Daddy had bid them good night and retired to his bus to sleep, only for his corpse to be discovered in the morning.
A driver who did not want to give his name, told newsmen that the Odogbolu, Ogun State born driver had either killed himself or depression could have done him in over the debt he was owing many people.
“It is not the first time that commercial drivers would sleep overnight in their buses in this park, especially those who come from distant places like Ikorodu, Lagos Island and so on. Big Daddy plied daily between the Ojodu Berger and Oshodi areas.
When he finished work at about 10pm, he complained that he was feeling very weak. He bought a bag of sachet water and emptied them on his body. It was just this morning that I was called on the phone that he died inside his bus.
The only thing I know is that he had a debt on his neck. He was paying back the money he borrowed to purchase the bus in installments. The bus recently developed faults. He could have ended his life or depression could have killed him.
His wife and only son, Sunday, stay in Ikorodu, and have been informed about his death.”
Another driver in the park also said:
“I have never seen such a strange death. His first wife died about nine months ago, and he recently remarried. He died while sleeping on the steering.
He was wearing only his underwear. He was a gentleman. It was shocking he died suddenly like that.”