A commercial bus driver plying the University of Ilorin route identified as Lukman has died while conveying some students to the school.

The incident which occurred on Friday, it was gathered, left occupants of the vehicle in shock.

A passenger who witnessed the incident had narrated in a viral WhatsApp message that he took control of the bus in motion after the development to save other students and avert further tragedy.

“Our bus driver just died on the road while taking us from Sanrab Petrol Station area, Tanke, Ilorin, to the university campus. I was sitting in the front but I wasn’t looking up because I was reading the Qur’an on my phone.

“The other person beside me just called my attention shouting Baba multiple times. By the time I looked up, he was already gasping and the bus was drifting away from the road.

“I had to press the brake, take control, and bring it to a halt. He was pronounced dead at the school clinic. Everything happened within 30 minutes,” he said.


A colleague of the deceased, Sulyman Malik, said he was surprised to hear about the incident as Lukman had chatted with him the previous day about a recent accident he (Malik) was involved in.

“This just shows that this life is vanity. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. He was a very handsome man and you would not think of his death even in the next 30 years,” he added.

The Director of Information, University of Ilorin, Kunle Akogun, who also confirmed the incident described it as very unfortunate.

Akogun said, “The incident is very unfortunate and it reminds us of the vanity of life.”

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