Sylvester was reportedly seen earlier working on his vehicle at about 6:30 pm same day and later went to sit with his friends in front of an electrical shop in the area
In Rivers state, a taxi driver simply identified as Sylvester, has Slumped and passed away.
The incident happened on Friday night in the Boms axis of Elekahia in Port Harcourt.
Sylvester was reportedly seen earlier working on his vehicle at about 6:30 pm same day and later went to sit with his friends in front of an electrical shop in the area.
“I saw him pressing his phone while sitting with his friends” Punch quoted a local identified as Maria as saying.
“I was going to dispose waste and on my way back at that same spot, I saw the people around him shouting. As I turned to see what was happening, I saw that the man was flat on the ground.
“The men that he sat with looked at one another and were wondering. They first thought it was epilepsy. But after some time, one of them touched and shook him without getting any response from him.”
The lady said the man was living alone, though he had children, he had long separated from his wife.
Another resident, who simply identified himself as Mr Jude, told PUNCH Metro that the deceased was his friend, adding that they attended the same church.
“I was called on the phone that he had died near his house. So, in shock, I asked what happened, I was told he just slumped and that was it. He was gone.
“I feel pained because I have known him for years and we were both Catholics. I never heard that he was sick because he was looking okay even when I saw him few days ago,” Jude stated, while fighting back tears.
Few minutes afterward, an ambulance arrived and a relative, assisted by some sympathisers, carried the man’s remains into the vehicle, which drove off immediately with sympathisers gazing until it was out of sight.