Grief as trailer kills Nigerian basketballer in US

Former Dodan Warriors and one time Nigeria national Under 20 basketball player, based in the United States, Omokhoje Daniel Daudu, has reportedly been killed in a crash on an Indianapolis, US, highway.

A report by Fox News quoting the University of Indianapolis where he was a player said he was killed in a crash on I-65 at about 5am last Friday.

“Omokhoje Daniel Daudu, 28, was killed when a large part broke off the rear of a northbound semitractor-trailer and struck Daudu’s 2012 Buick LaCrosse as he was driving southbound around 5:30 a.m., according to Indiana State Police. The crash happened near the I-465 ramps on the city’s south side.”

Troopers of the Indiana State Police found that the semitractor-trailer had rolled over and was blocking the northbound lane. Daudu was seriously injured and unconscious and all efforts to save his life came to no avail as he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police do not think the driver of the semitractor-trailer, 42-year-old John Brimhall II, who was also taken to an area hospital for unstated injuries was drunk but said he will still be subjected to alcohol test in line with requirements of the laws of Indiana State.

Daudu who was a prominent player for the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) bagged a degree in Marketing in 2015. He helped the university to many great occasions averaging 5.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists for the Greyhounds’ basketball team during the 2012-13 season. The 6’1” guard started in 10 of 26 games in his last season for the university which has said it is in mourning.

“(We) mourn the loss of Daniel Daudu, who is a well-loved alumnus and former student-athlete,” UIndy said in its statement.

“During his time on campus, Daniel impacted our entire community. Daniel will be remembered for his athleticism, sense of humor, generous smile and compassion for others. Our hearts and prayers go out to Daniel’s family, friends, UIndy basketball and the entire UIndy family.”

Chairman of Dodan Warriors Basketball Club, Lagos, Nigeria, from where Daudu started, and also President of FIBA Africa Zone 3, Col. Sam Ahmedu (Rtd), is also uncontrollably grief stricken

“Life is full of surprises, pleasant and cruel ones. The demise of Daniel Daudu from a “freak accident” in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA is a cruel one,” Ahmadu wrote in a tribute.

“Daniel was a peoples’ person. So kind hearted. Even at the Top 50 Camp in Lagos and the BWB Camps in SA, he was always Daniel. As Point Guard for Dodan Warriors at the Final Rounds of the 2006 African Champions Cup in Lagos he led the team on the floor with stoic efficiency. There are many good basketball players but only a few Daniel Daudus. I know his close buddies which include Yem Yem, Jonathan Odia, Tobechukwu Okafor, Raphael Akpejiori and all others from Police College, Ikeja, can not bear this. Needless to mention members of his immediate family, especially his brother Moses Henchman Mosqolino Daudu. Life has shown its cruel hand but we must remain strong so that his legacies will not go unfulfilled.

“Daniel, I remember you at the World U20 Championship in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2007 and all around basketball events in Nigeria. You were an examplary team member and I am glad we spoke on phone while I was in Atlanta on the way forward on many issues last Fall, 2016. The world will miss you Daniel, but we take solace that you are with the Lord and therefore nothing else matters. Rest in peace and catch you on the rebound.”


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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