Okada Rider Threatens To Kill Self Over Housewife

Umar Manko

Umar Manko

Moyo Fabiyi

A commercial motorcyclist known in local parlance as Okada rider, John Ami Tumba, 27, has reportedly vowed to kill himself and a housewife, Mrs Amina Amaraegbo if she refused to marry him.

He allegedly issued the threat at the complainant’s residence at A/80 Wole Omosho Drive, Okunola, Egbeda in Alimosho area of Lagos State, western Nigeria.

It was learnt that the relationship between the housewife and the bike rider was that he usually carried her daughter to and from school and at times took her to her shop also located within the vicinity.

But for about three days, John kept disturbing Mrs Amaraegbo with phone calls saying he loved her and was ready to kill her and later commit suicide if she refused to accept his proposal.

He was later arrested and charged to the Ikeja Senior Magistrate Court, Abule Egba, Lagos, part of Count one of the charge reads: “That you, John Ami Tumba, between 1 and 4 June, 2014 did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace by calling Mrs Amina Amaraegbo severally on phone that you love her and that if she refused, you will kill her and kill yourself and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 166 (d) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011”.

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Count two stated that the defendant also threatened the life of the complainant, talking to her on his two telephone lines, an offence punishable under Section 56 of the criminal laws of the state.

It was gathered that on the first day of the alleged crime, John made a call to Mrs. Amaraegbo which made her think that he was distressed. She then invited him to her residence. But on getting there, the Okada rider promised to make his problem known on phone.

Within three days, he made over 60 calls to the woman, not only pleading for her hand in love but also threatening to kill her and thereafter commit suicide, if she failed to marry him.

However, the trial was as good as dead on arrival because police prosecutor, Inspector Rachael Williams informed the court that the complainant had been prevailed upon to withdraw the charge.

The presiding chief Magistrate Tajudeen A. Elias did not object to the complainant’s writing a letter of withdraw. And so the case died a natural death.