Breaking: Lagos bus driver protest bus seizure, sets self ablaze
On Tuesday, an unidentified commercial bus driver lit himself on fire in the Ajao Estate neighborhood of Lagos State.
Bestof9ja While on enforcement duties at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road region connecting Ajao Estate, we learned that operatives from the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation impounded some shuttles.
The driver of the bus, which was among the detained vehicles, was alleged to be protesting the seizure when he reached for gasoline, poured it on himself, and lit himself on fire.
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During the enforcement, a neighbor named Aliu said there was resistance between the offended drivers and the task force personnel.
“Task force members proceeded to clean up the Airport shuttle area,” he stated. They confiscated some buses and had a brawl with some of the drivers during the exercise. One of the enraged drivers doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire.”
Another neighbor, who went by the name Kudirat, said the victim had rented the vehicle.
“The motorist appeared to be irritated. “The impounded vehicles were taken away by the task force operatives,” she continued.
CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said state Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alabi had ordered an investigation into the incident.
“The information we got was that when the task team from the ministry of transportation went for enforcement, there was resistance,” he said. No police officer set a vehicle on fire, and no officers from the Ajao Estate Police Division were involved in the incident. The Commissioner of Police, on the other hand, has ordered an investigation into the occurrence.”
Raheem Gbadeyinka, a spokesman for the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, claimed no officers from the unit were involved in the operation.
“The event happened about 5 a.m., and our personnel were still at the office at 8 a.m. because we were looking for fuel for our patrol vans at the time,” he explained.