A witness, Ben Chinedu, told Daily Sun that he stopped when he saw crowd just to ask questions. I saw a young man in his 20s; he was armed with a gallon of fuel.
He was shouting on top of his voice saying that he was tired of life. He narrated how help had not come even though he had run helter-skelter for assistance.
He told people who cared to listen that the country was under a demonic spell and needed divine intervention.
He said there was no hope for the youth and he could no longer bear the ‘suffering-and-smiling’ syndrome and pretence showed by most people.
He threatened to kill himself and people thought this was just a mere joke until he poured the liquid on his body and brought out a lighter. He ignited fire on his body and he was burning.
We started pouring water on him, but the fire had done enough damage before we put it out. We informed the police who arrived at the scene to pick him up but he was unconscious by then. We don’t know the man and where he came from.”
Police public relations officer, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the story, said the man was being treated at the Lagos State Emergency Centre, 7-Up area.
Oti said: “Divisional Police Officer, Ojodu, received a distress call that a man set himself ablaze and raced to the scene with some officers. When the police arrived, they put out the fire and rushed the man to the Lagos State Emergency Centre, where he is being treated.
The man is still unconscious as he received third-degree burns. He is still unconscious as I am talking to you, but the Commissioner of Police has directed the DPO in charge of Ojodu to take the man who attempted suicide to the hospital.