LASTMA Man’s Widow Seeks Refuge in Church

Still in agony over her husband’s death, Rashidat, widow of the late Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) official, Segun Shenuga, has sought refuge in church.

The distraught woman has been in church since her husband was killed on the Third Mainland Bridge last Tuesday by a motorcyclist.

At their Ipakodo, Ikorodu, Lagos home yesterday, the expectant mother lamented her fate, wondering what will become of her and her children.

“What else will I do? Who will ever think of losing a loved one?” she asked, saying, the last thing she and her husband discussed was how he was going to pay their first child’s Junior Secondary School Examination fees.

She said: “When I received a call from his office and they said they wanted to speak with my father because we live together, then I knew something was wrong. I wasn’t allowed to see him but I was assured he was responding to treatment. It is not easy to accept this. He has been riding the power bike since he joined LASTMA and he has never faced such accident before. I am a fashion designer and I know it can’t take care of our children. He has been the one taking care of our needs from day one.”

The Shenuga’s brother, Olatunde, said he saw him last about a week to his death. His wish was to complete his house in Ibeshe next year, Olatunde said, adding: “I wish my brother spoke before his death. I wish he talked. I know he would have said something his family would have benefited from. We didn’t see his official phone and he has some confidential information there. I am pained because we were real close.”

The widow’s father, Mr Steven Olanipekun, said he missed his son-in-law because he was in charge of his thrift collecting business.

Olanipekun said: “The day he left home, he greeted me and said he was ready for work and I prayed for him. When I got the news, I rushed to the hospital and he was placed on oxygen. We kept praying because he was more than a son to me and I couldn’t afford to lose him. He gave up at exactly 4.50am last Tuesday without saying a word.

“His death has really affected me. Even his children cry everyday. All their responsibilities will be on me and I can’t do everything. May God forgive him and grant his wife and children help.”

Olanipekun thanked LASTMA for standing by the family.

The late Shenuga was buried at his Ibeshe home. He is survived by his aged mother, siblings, widow and children.



Source: The Nation Nigeria

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