By Paul Iyoghojie
A middle-aged woman clutching a handbag with huge sums of money slumped and died on Tuesday at about 10pm in Obalende area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
When PM NEWS arrived at the scene at about 10:15pm, she was seen foaming from her mouth and some concerned residents in the area surrounded her body which was lying on the ground with the handbag containing the money to prevent miscreants, popularly called area boys from stealing the bag.
Though the cause of the woman’s death could not be ascertained, eyewitnesses told PM NEWS that she was walking toward the Obalende roundabout to board another vehicle to her house after she alighted from a cab that brought her to Obalende bus stop from Ikoyi where she was said to be selling provisions when she suddenly slumped and died.
A resident later used her handset to call her relatives who arrived at the scene with a Suzuki car to take her corpse away.
Speaking at the scene amid tears, a middle-aged woman selling food in the area said when people noticed that the woman suddenly slumped, they rushed at her to give her first aid treatment only to discover she was already dead as a whitish substance was coming out of her mouth.
“People who know her said she sells provisions in Ikoyi, Lagos and I have never witnessed such death in my life,” the distraught food seller stated.
Another sympathiser who identified himself simply as David said: “I’m appealing to Lagosians, especially market men and women who normally wake up at odd hours to go to the market daily to always find time to go for a medical check-up to know their health status to prevent this kind of sudden death along the road.
“I believed the deceased must have been having medical problems, but because of money, she could not find time to go for a medical check-up and who is to spend the huge sums of money found with her now?”