The lingering fuel scarcity currently biting across the nation has claimed it’s first casualty as a commercial bus driver who had stayed in the sun for hours while queuing to get petrol at a filling station suddenly slumped and died.
The sad incident happened at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega filling station along Iwo Road in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver and others had gone to the station very early in anticipation of getting fuel from there with the belief that it will be easier and cheaper at the station since they should get their supplies directly from the NNPC.
But his hopes and that of many others were dashed when he stayed throughout the day and at about 6.30 pm, when it was his turn to be served, the deceased got down from his vehicle to open the tank to be filled but suddenly, he slumped and died before help could get to him.
The incident was said to have thrown the place to chaos and confusion as people hurriedly left with their vehicles.
A police patrol team from the Kajorepo Police Division which arrived at the scene took the corpse away.