“Just this morning, on my way out, I decided to check on a brother who
had accident few months ago. His situation left me emotionally,
psychologically and morally crippled. I shed tears. I tried my best to
hide my feelings, I couldn’t help but wept bitterly.
April 2nd, Mr. Kazeem set out on a journey to check his sick wife on her
sick bed. On his way, his car developed a minor fault. Firstly, it was
his tire and he fixed it. Few minutes later, it was electrical fault
that he couldn’t fix. With him in his Toyota Camry (Envelope) car was
his friend and the friend’s wife whom had planned to visit Mr. Kazeem’s
sick wife together.
This time around, he decided to move his car into an obsolete filling
station since he couldn’t fix it but called on a mechanical engineer to
fix for him. He stood in front of his car with the engineer and the car
bonnet was opened. It was along Ife road, Ibadan. On the high way was a
company Hilux dragging the road with a truck and since the Hilux driver
(Victor) couldn’t overtake the truck, no way back and can’t face the
vehicle coming in front, the driver over sped into the uncompleted
filling station and hit Mr. Kazeem’s car from behind while he and the
engineer was fixing it. God of Mercy!!! It was a terrible accident. The
opened bonnet cut opened the skin of the engineer forehead and Mr.
Kazeem was hit into a very big gutter.
Due to the shock of the accident, the engineer ran away like a lunatic
and people around ran after him, pinned him down. Mr. Kazeem was still
inside the the big gutter and by the time he was brought out, he fainted
for fifteen (15) good minutes. After he came back to life, he was
vomiting tick blood with his teeth.
They were rushed to the nearest hospital. The company driver called his
boss (mr. Alexander) who rushed to the hospital. The police officers
around visited the scene of the accident but before them were the FRSC
men. FRSC moved the cars to their office. The police station is very
close to the hospital the victims were taken to.
The boss to the driver came and paid for their immediate treatment but
requested that they should be transfer to their company hospital at
Ibadan. Mr. KAZEEM insisted Lagos since his family won’t know the extent
of the accident and may decide to rush down Ibadan. They all agreed and
mr. Alexander said they should go ahead, first, he wants to inform his
company and their Insurance company at the same time. He exchanged
contact with Mr. Kazeem’s friend.
The next day, no calls. When Mr. Kazeem put a call through to him, he
said his company is now aware of the accident and already, their
Insurance company is taking all measures to make Mr. KAZEEM be in good
condition, also that they will fix his car. At Lagos hospital, the first
two days bill was thirty five thousand naira. Mr Alexander requested
for it, it was sent to him and he said he sent it to the company through
mail. Five days later, he called that he wants to go and pick the
accident cars because of the charges the cars were accruing at FRSC
Few days later, he called that his company and their insurance company will call, visit and pay all medical bills.
Till date, no call or visit from any. Mr. KAZEEM continued his treatment
with his own personal morning. From one hospital to another, one scan
or X-ray to the other. Mr. Kazeem is a bricklayer who works almost
everyday to take care of his family. That, he couldn’t do again. He
couldn’t go to site, neither can he collect jobs to do. He can’t take
care of his family again or his sick wife and unfortunately, the saddest
day of his life was June 19th, he lost his sick WIFE to DEATH. He was
battling that pains of the lost and at the same time his health.
Twice, he sent his friend to the company head office at Lekki but was
refused audience. He called mr. Alexander more than twenty times but
fake promises and different excuses. That his company is aware of the
accident and that they will reach him. That his car will soon be fixed
and sent to him. In fact, there was a day he said their Insurance
company will visit mr. KAZEEM but nothing of such happened. That Their
Insurance company had paid for the car to be fixed but a blatant lie.
A month ago, I visited mr. KAZEEM and discovered he sold his sitting
room chairs and electronics, I asked why and he said he needed the money
to put himself back to shape. Yet, a bricklayer that can’t carry Cement
or one pack of tile neither block since the accident happened. I saw
two of his kids at home and asked why, he said school fees. I took it
upon myself and sent mail with the accident scene pictures to the
company but no reply. Before then, mr. Kazeem discussed with a Lawyer
who sent two letters to the company but no reply or acknowledgement.
I discussed the issue with an advocacy group, Project Change Nigeria
(PCN) and I was advised to take Mr. KAZEEM to their office to see what
is going on. We took cab there last last three weeks. When we got to the
reception and requested to see the HR from the receptionist. She said
everybody in HR department are busy. I said I must discuss with somebody
there, any superior or the MD, she said they are busy. I told her its a
must, then she called a man (Mr. Bidemi) for me.
I discussed with him and he said they are aware of the accident, that
they discovered it was a reckless driving from their driver and they
sacked him but their staff, Mr. Alexander didn’t tell them that there is
a victim. LIES! A Lawyer sent them letters, about Mr. Kazeem’s health, I
sent them mail, PCN also sent them mails, even Mr. Kazeem’s friend
delivered a letter to them but no response. I called Mr. Alexander the
next day if its true he didn’t tell his company, he said he did, that he
told the HR and even forwarded the first medical bill to them and that
he still have the mail in his inbox.
This company’s callousness and atrocious attitude towards mr. KAZEEM
whom they have desolated to absolute discomfort and unimaginable
excruciation is completely bad. Mr. Kazeem has spent over 600k on his
medical bills with over two polythene bags of drugs in his house. Today,
I met him crying like a baby whose mother left for three days without
food or water. I asked why, he said he couldn’t sleep all through the
night because of pains. Last week, we went to the hospital because of
his teeth and were told he will need 110k to take care of six teeth,
today, I saw him with swollen mouth. The pains over the night was much
that he couldn’t close his eyes a minute but wept all through the
Two weeks ago, when I took him to the company, it was one excuse to the
other. That they were always busy, they don’t have time, their Insurance
company was not informed of the Victims but car alone, that they only
gave them check for the car but not cleared yet, that they will call,
that they will discuss but till today nothing. I have called them more
than 5 times but different excuses. I which this gets to the MD of the
company but if no response in few days.
I will release all evidences to the world to see, starting from
pictures, munched chats with their staffs, audio discussion with their
staffs who has been contradicting themselves, names of their Insurance
company who took 6 months to investigate accident and many more.
I want to believe this company has reputation and will come to the
Victims aid immediately. Mr. Kazeem couldn’t afford to pay lawyers now
to fight for him but social media platforms will help a bit to drag you
people out. Over the 6 months, mr. Kazeem’s car is still in this company
possession, that is illegal possession and all they said was they will
fix it. He couldn’t bend down to pray as a Muslim very well neither can
he trek for a long period but will complain of pains in his legs. Why
does it have to be like this from such a company who claimed they have
good reputation? That’s Civil/Criminal charge against the company.
That’s negligence on their part.
I want to tell you to prepare your legal department very well because
meaningful Nigerians will stand to fight for Mr. KAZEEM if you people
refused to do anything.
Name and full Contact of the said company
Plot 25 Block 68 Bisola Durosinmi Etti Drive Lekki
Phase 1, Lagos Nigeria Phone: +234 -807 9993843
Fax: +234-1-8126653 Email: