‘They should punish him for murder’: Mother of Nigerian youth killed at Lagos toll booth insists

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In October 2018, a 27-year-old Nigerian man died from head injuries at a toll booth in Lagos, Nigeria. “He died in my arms, with the fear of God,” Barbara Ogunniyi told Channel 4 News.

A forensics investigation report said it was a case of manslaughter. It did not elaborate.

But perhaps his family had some hope of justice. The following day, the man’s partner, whom the BBC interviewed last year, gave a press conference at the Lagos State Police Command to insist her child was not a criminal offender. The detective in charge of the case declined to comment.

This account has been corroborated by friends and family, including the man’s sister, who was also a passenger in the car.

“Nobody should die like that. They should punish him for murder,” she said.

The Lagos state police force has investigated the death. But it refused to comment when Channel 4 News contacted its media spokesman, Musiliu Adebayo.

Barbara Ogunniyi, his mother, says she has not been told any more. “I hope that God will answer my prayers,” she said.

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The growing toll of Nigerians who die during their journey to find a better life in Europe remains one of the starkest tales of pain recorded across the European migrant crisis. But it is one that has often struck home in Nigeria.

According to the International Organization for Migration, the country’s economy has seen its five largest cities struggle with mass unemployment, corruption and crumbling infrastructure, the result of decades of mismanagement and mismanagement.

“If you’re a poor person you cannot get employment. It’s very difficult to travel even abroad. So it’s difficult even if you’re skilled to travel,” Ogunniyi said.

“We feel so much alone. We’re away from our loved ones. Our needs are not attended to. Sometimes we feel like we will die alone.”

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