Commotion As Danfo Driver Sets Self Ablaze Over Seized Vehicle In Lagos

LAGOS FEBRUARY 16TH (NEWSRANGERS)-There was pandemonium in the Ajao Estate area of Lagos when a bus driver set himself ablaze to prevent officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) from seizing his vehicle.

The driver was arrested for alleged traffic offences and the traffic officers were about to take the vehicle away when the driver poured fuel on his body and set himself ablaze.

It was gathered that while the man was burning in the fire, other drivers, conductors and other sympathisers, including street urchins started throwing pebbles and other dangerous weapons at the traffic officers while others were trying to put out the fire on the burning man.

A witness, John Opalaudu, said there was heavy fighting between drivers and LASTMA officials which caused heavy traffic and pandemonium as motorists abandoned their vehicles while commuters scamper for safety.

It was not confirmed whether the driver died but Opalaudu said that he was rushed to the hospital,” but I don’t think he will survive the burns. The damage done on him was colossal”.

A driver, Wadada said “I don’t blame the bus driver for setting fire on himself because it was as if he had lost his job. LATSMA officials are treating us like slaves. They arrest us at any slightest mistake. As they are chasing us like cats pursuing mouse, so also are motor touts and Local Government officials chasing us up and down. They extort us without mercy. How much do we make? We will buy fuel, return money to the vehicle owners and how much is left for us to share? We are appealing to the State Government to wade into the matter and save us from the hands of traffic managers in Lagos.”

It was gathered that the quick intervention of policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) deployed by its’ Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, saved the situation as they were able to rescue some LATSMA officials from the hands of drivers who were assaulting them.

A senior police officer said normalcy has returned to the area as commercial activities have commenced.

However, two patrol vehicles from RRS were still stationed at the scene while another vehicle from the Ajao Estate division was patrolling the area.

(Daily Sun)

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