By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—The Edo State Traffic Management Agency, EDSTMA, has described as wicked, claims by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the state that one of its officials killed one Mr. Godfrey Imobhio, who was hit by a towing truck on May 2, 2014.
The PDP in the state had visited the widow of the deceased, where it raised N2 million for her upkeep. The party accused both the EDSTMA and the state government of neglecting the family of the deceased and assured the family of their comfort.
But reacting yesterday, the Head of Operations, Zone 3, of EDSTMA, Mr. Nosa Aideyan, said that the PDP was making a mountain out of a mole hill, explaining that the “towing truck is my private property with which I helped the late Godfrey, who was my friend, so it has nothing to do with the state government or EDSTMA.”
He said that contrary to PDP’s claim, compensation was paid to the deceased’s family. “I paid compensation to the family to assist them even though it was purely an accident.”
Aideyan narrated: “On May 2, after I had closed from duty, Mr. Imobhio called me, that I should assist him tow his vehicle that broke down around Five Junction area. I told him that my driver and I had closed, but he pleaded with me to beg my driver to come. When I called my driver, he told me that he was already at home, but I begged him to go and bring the truck.
“My driver came, and when we got there we saw that we couldn’t tow the truck and decided to remove the tyres from the road. It was in the process of reversing that the late Godfrey was hit. It was dark and my driver didn’t know that Godfrey was behind the towing van. He was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately he died the next day. When the police invited me, I explained what happened and settled with the family. That was how the matter was withdrawn from the police.
“I am now surprised that some peersons are now bringing up a stale occurrence which they didn’t even bother to verify, saying that an EDSTMA official had killed a manager, which is not true. The towing van that was used did not even belong to the state government or EDSTMA.”