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Woman Sues Dangote Over Son’s Death At Redemption Camp

Posted: Jun 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan, Lagos


Ogun State resident, Janet Samson, has instituted a lawsuit against Dangote Industries Limited before a Lagos High Court for alleged negligence in the untimely death of her 14-year-old son at the gate of Redemption Camp, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, on August 10, 2010.

Samson, according to the court processes, is a trader who resides at Block 5, Senior Pastor’s Lodge, Redemption Camp.

The deceased, Adura Samson, was reportedly killed when a Dangote truck, with registration number XB 825 GML, rammed into a group of worshippers at the gate of the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Kilometre12-46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State.

The driver of the truck was alleged to have negligently and dangerously driven on the fateful day in such a manner that he injured many bystanders, who were worshippers at the church, and killed Adura instantly.

Samson, who sued in her capacity as the next of kin to the deceased, is asking the court to award N50 million damages against the defendant, Dangote Industries.

According to the particulars of claim listed by her lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, it was stated that the driver drove dangerously and recklessly and failed to keep a careful lookout.

It was further alleged that the driver failed to apply his brake on time or at all, and equally failed to steer his wheel to avoid the accident, which amounted to an act of negligence.

Besides, Adegboruwa alleged that the driver failed to take necessary care or adequate precautionary measures in driving.

While giving details, the lawyer said: “Upon occurrence of the incidence, the driver ran away and the matter was reported to the police station at Mowe. A police report and sketch map was obtained wherein the driver was found to be dangerously driving at a high speed. Claimant shall rely on the police report and sketch map drawing of the accident scene.

“The deceased was immediately rushed to Fairplay Clinic, where he was pronounced dead. Claimant states that the medical certificate of cause of death as issued by Fairplay Clinic and Maternity shows that the cause of death of the deceased was by crushing.

“Claimant shall rely on the medical certificate of cause of death at the trial and photographs taken at the scene of the event, by digital means without the negative thereof.

“The claimant states further that a certificate of death was also issued by the National Population Commission to register the death of Samson Adura and also confirm the cause of death to be by crushing.

“Claimant avers that at the time of the accident, defendant’s truck was being driven by its authorised driver/agent, in the course of his official business for the defendant.

“The claimant states that efforts were made to contact the defendant on several occasions to undertake the burial expenses of the deceased and compensate the family of the deceased, but all efforts proved abortive.”