A yet-to-be-identified commercial bus driver died after he set himself ablaze while protesting the seizure of his vehicle on Tuesday, February 15.
Salemgists learnt that the man’s vehicle was seized by operatives of the task force from the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road.
A source stated that the man was driving along the road when he was intercepted by the taskforce team and his vehicle was impounded.
The source further narrated that the man got frustrated that his vehicle had been seized. He reached out for a keg of fuel and poured it on himself, and then set himself ablaze. He was later confirmed dead.
The sad development is confirmed in a statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu.
According to him, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, had ordered an investigation into the incident.
“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.”