It was a sad end for 38-year-old Eddy Kokobili on Monday as the convoy of Taraba State Governor Dambaba Suntai ran over and killed him along the International Airport Road, Abuja.
Edward, who was Head, Feed Addictives, Agrochemicals & Veterinary Products, Vitacem Nigeria Ltd, had gone to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for his introduction to his in-laws-to-be prior to his wedding in February.
An eyewitness said the late Kokobili had successfully completed the prenuptials and was on his way back to Lagos when the incident occurred between 9:00 and 9:30 am on the ever busy Airport Road.
Sources said that the convoy was rushing to the airport to pick the governor who had arrived earlier in the morning but due to a breakdown in logistics, was stranded. But the aides in a bid to get to the governor on time had encountered serious traffic due to checkpoints on the road, as security operatives conducted stop and search checks against the backdrop of Boko Haram menace.
The convoy had abandoned the highway and taken to the sidewalk on high speed, and just about 150 meters to the airport toll gate, the convoy crushed to death Kokobili.
Kokobili, who died on the spot, was on his way to the airport when the cab he was travelling in got stuck in traffic and so in a bid to catch his flight due for 10:30 am, had disembarked and was about to board an ‘okada’ commercial motorcyclist, before the pilot SUV, a Nissan Armada, in the governor’s convoy killed him Kokobili.
A police officer, Cecilia Metu, had called the last number on the deceased’s phone log and spoken with one Mr. Kenneth, who identified the victim as Kokobili.
Attempts to speak to the deceased’s family in Festac Town, Lagos were not successful as the siblings were inconsolable. Kokobili’s elder brother, Innocent pleaded with this reporter to be left alone. “Please, please, leave me alone. I can’t talk now,” he pleaded, mopping tears off his face.
The late Edward was an active member of the Festac Grammar School Alumni
(Info by daily sun)