How my husband was labelled Yahoo Boy, killed by Lagos Okada riders over N100 – Wife
Grace, widow of the 37-year-old sound engineer, David Imoh, has narrated how her husband was killed by motorcyclists while trying to settle a fight between two friends and his killers in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that David was lynched and burnt to death after a misunderstanding ensued over the N100 balance with one of the commercial motorcyclists.
The mother of two – five-year-old boy and one-year and five-month-old baby, said her husband, popularly called Dave Sound was wrongly labelled as a ritualist and Yahoo Boy before being lynched to death.
Speaking with PUNCH, she said; “They didn’t just beat him, they stabbed and burnt him to death.”
“He was burnt as if he is a robber. They have taken my world away from me because of N100. This is not good.”
Grace, who is a civil servant and a Post Graduate Diploma holder, identified the two other friends of her late husband involved in the fight as band members of D’Banj and Phyno.
The widow said, “My husband went to work on May 10, I was called on May 13 by one of his friends that we lost him. He said his family should come to the Maroko police station. So my relatives and his own went there. The police told them that my husband and his friend climbed the Aboki (Hausa man)’s bike, and they had an argument over N100.
“In the process, one of the Okada guys was hit and he fell down so they started beating them up.
My husband was beaten and they were shouting that he is a ritualist and a Yahoo Boy. After being beaten, he was burnt to death.”
Grace, however, explained that the narrative by one of Imoh’s friends made her realise that her late husband was invited to settle the dispute over the N100 balance when he was killed.
She continued, “But on Twitter, a colleague of his put up a video on what happened. She said my husband was setting up in a bar. Being a sound engineer he works with Church of God Mission Garden City, Lekki during the day. He also works with Legacy 360 Band in the evening when there is a show.
“My husband was not part of those who mounted the bike. Two guys (band members) took the bike and when they arrived at the venue, an argument happened between the two guys and the motorcyclist.
“They gave the motorcyclist N500 and were to get a balance of N100 but the bike man said he didn’t have change. They told him to take N300 but he refused and a fight broke out.
“My husband was invited to intervene in the issue. David intervened because of N100 and was killed. He came outside trying to intervene but when they saw that the motorcyclists were overpowering them, they had to run back inside the bar but the bar manager pushed them out. He denied knowing them, David tried hiding but a Hausa lady exposed him.”
She called on the Lagos State Government to ensure justice in the matter.
“All because he wanted to help settle a dispute, he was killed. They have taken away my world. Please Lagos Government, Governor Sanwo-Olu, my Head of Service, Muri Okunola, and others help me, I cry for justice and for the welfare of my children. Please come to my rescue. I’m helpless,” she said.
“How do I take care of these kids. I wanted to pursue my Master’s and get my COREN certification as an engineer. Those were his plans for me. My husband is the only one helping me. How will my children go to school?”