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Protesting commercial bus driver sets self ablaze, dies over impounded bus in Lagos

A yet-to-be-identified commercial bus driver has set himself ablaze over impounded vehicle in the Ajao Estate area of Lagos State.

Operatives of the task force from the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation were said to have impounded some shuttles on Tuesday while on enforcement duties along the Airport Road area connecting Ajao Estate.

The driver, whose bus was among the impounded vehicles, was said to be protesting the seizure when he suddenly reached for a patrol, poured it on himself and set himself ablaze.

According to PUNCH, a resident, who gave his name as Aliu, said there was resistance between the aggrieved drivers and the task force operatives during the enforcement.

He said, “Task force operatives went to clean up the Airport shuttle area. During the exercise, they impounded some buses and had a face-off with some of the drivers. At a point, one of the frustrated drivers poured petrol on himself and set himself ablaze.”

Another resident, who identified herself as Kudirat, said the victim got the vehicle on hire purchase.

“The driver was frustrated. The task force operatives took the impounded vehicles away,” she added.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said, “The information we got was that there was resistance when task force from the ministry of transportation went for enforcement. No policeman set any vehicle ablaze; policemen attached to the Ajao Estate Police Division were not involved in what happened. However, the Commissioner of Police has ordered investigation into the incident.”

A spokesperson for the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, Raheem Gbadeyinka, said no officer of the agency was involved in the operation.

Gbadeyinka said, “The incident happened around 5am and as of 8am, our men were still at the office because we were looking for fuel for our patrol vans as of that time.”

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