Mr Chukwudi Okechukwu never had any premonition when he left his house on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022, that he would not return but rather end up at the hospital.
So, for the past three months, he has been ‘quarantined’ at the Crowther Ward, Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, where he is being treated following a bone fracture and severe injuries he received in a tricycle crash.
The 56-year-old welder who barely managed to start off after several years of financial difficulties was trekking back to his house at Amuzukwu when a hit-and-run tricycle operator knocked him down and fled.
Speaking with Vanguard from his hospital bed, the father of two said the incident happened around 8:00 pm while he was returning home after the day’s job.
According to him, a tricycle hit him from behind and ran away.
” I went to work that day because there was a public power supply and I said let me go to my workshop and see if I could get something for my family.
” As I was returning home, one KEKE man hit me, abandoned his KEKE, and ran away. I was rushed to the hospital because my leg was broken and I had a serious injury in my hand also.
” It was later that the owner of the KEKE was traced and it was discovered that after he had parked his KEKE for the day, his friend collected it without his knowledge to do ‘Kabukabu’ ( pick and drop).