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Retired Nigerian Soldier Sleeping Under Oshodi Lagos Bridge For 17 Years Rejects Relocation Offer

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Retired Nigerian Soldier Sleeping Under Oshodi Lagos Bridge For 17 Years Rejects Relocation Offer

Pa Sule Yusuf

Feb 10, 2016 – Picture: Pa Sule Yusuf, Retired Nigerian Soldier Sleeping Under Oshodi Lagos Bridge For 17 Years Rejects Relocation Offer To Igbo Ora In Oyo State

Sule Yusuf, an 83-year-old retired soldier, Pa Sule Yusuf, who has been sleeping under the Oshodi Bridge for 17 years in Lagos, has rejected the offer of relocation to his country home, Igboora, in Oyo State.

Igbo ora Progress Union (IPU), the umbrella association of Igboora indigenes told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan yesterday that Yusuf is adamant he will not relocate from this present abode.

The news of Yusuf’s 17 years sojourn under the bridge was widely reported in the media on January 6, which necessitated the intervention of his community.

Yusuf was said to have been sleeping under Oshodi Bridge since 1999 after he allegedly lost contact with his family.

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He claimed to have retired from the Nigerian Army, and lost contact with his wife and children, but decided to stay in Lagos.

The man was reported to have been spared severally during constant raid of the area by policemen due to his identity as a retired soldier.

Mr. Akinyemi Akinlabi, who spoke on behalf of IPU said the news was “shocking and pathetic.”

Akinlabi, a former caretaker chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government, said the IPU, under the leadership of Justice John Ige (retd), swung into action after reading the publication.

Akinlabi said the union promptly directed two members, Mr. Wole Ogunsola and Mr. Muyideen Salami to visit Yusuf, which they did at exactly 11.00am same day the news was published.

Ogunsola and Salami confirmed that Yusuf told them he was from Ile-Ekerin, Isale-Oba in Igboora, the same compound, where Ogunsola hailed from.

Akinlabi said thereafter, the union met with Yusuf’s family to find solution to the problem.

Contacted, family members said he was not abandoned but had from childhood cultivated the habit of living under the bridge.

A member of the family, who refused to be named, said “Yusuf has a room and parlour in his family house in Igboora, which he locked up but used anytime he came to Igboora.

“He was in Igboora two years ago for the burial of his elder sister.

“He has declined several attempts to relocate him to Ejigbo by his younger sister, Amudat, who lived in Ejigbo.

Also contacted, Amudat said she visited him regularly at Oshodi and also took him to Ago-Iwoye to remove cataract from his eyes less than two years ago.

Meanwhile, the IPU has assured it would do everything possible to relocate Yusufu to Igboora.




  1. Metu Nyetu

    February 10, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    I recommend close surveilance and tracking of this man. He could be a go-between for some criminal agents.

  2. Jojo

    February 10, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Na wa for Naija sha, the man has become so used to poverty hence his refusal to relocate. What a shame, Nigeria is country that cannot take care of its people.

  3. sola olaniyi

    February 10, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Poor man mentality.

  4. Maryf

    February 10, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    They should leave him na, since he doesn’t want to go back home and enjoy his life.

  5. Amazon

    February 10, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    He should be relocated immediately

  6. diana

    February 10, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    This ia a spiritual thing, I could a a man love sleeping under the bridge from childhood, its not ordinary and my prayer is dat God will deliver him from dis bondage amen

  7. chyna

    February 10, 2016 at 10:33 AM


  8. D Hunter

    February 10, 2016 at 10:38 AM


  9. Stargurl

    February 10, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    May be there is something behind it,17 years under bridge ????,those that means, desperate money ???? mugus don’t know human being is living there hmm,if you like don’t go,very soon the will turn you to suya.

  10. my lady

    February 10, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    eiyaaah! papa pls relocate naa

  11. lagos

    February 10, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    O ya ALLAHU save us from bad lagos sprit, ameen

  12. ade eagle

    February 10, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    sign of mental illness or he has skeleton in his cupboard he should be investigated properly

  13. myde

    February 11, 2016 at 1:45 AM

    @ Metu, I concur wth u. Close surveillance shld be placed on him. There’s more to this than meeting an eye.

  14. Omachoko Joseph

    February 11, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    He is used to street life, Please Leave alone.

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