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Posted On: 21 October 2013 12:11 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Young taxi driver dies in his ‘sleep’

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A young taxi driver, Salisu Drahamani, died ‘in his sleep’ at his official accommodation provided by the taxi company in Industrial Area on the first day of Eid. Drahamani was said to be between 25 and 28 years old. He hailed from Ghana. One of his friends told the Gulf Times that the young man went off to sleep after speaking with his family over the phone and four hours later nobody could wake him up. “I was the last person to see him before he went to bed. He looked strong. He took a shower like we normally do after we come back from our shift. He looked perfectly alright. But next day, nobody could wake him up,” he said. In fact, Drahamani, who was a Muslim, was supposed to get up early to get ready for the morning Eid prayers. “I said to him, ‘Man don’t you want to wake up for your prayers’, but he just wouldn’t budge,” his friend, who shared the room with him, said. When the ambulance arrived and the paramedics checked him, young Drahamani was already gone and no matter how hard they tried, they could do nothing to revive him. Taxi drivers were in a state of shock on hearing about Drahamani untimely death. Drahamani’s friends say that his death has cast a shadow on their lives. “Nobody understands how a fine young man could just die like that,” his friend said. The friend who spoke with Gulf Times chose to stay anonymous because he wasn’t sure whether his company would like the idea that he spoke to the media about it. Young Drahamani had arrived in Doha just over a year ago in the hope of making it big by earning around QR2,500. In the end, even his body could not be sent back home. His friend said that the family agreed with the company’s stance that it would be better to bury him here in Qatar.