A man said to be in his 20s has set himself on fire at Omole Phase One area of Ojodu in Lagos State due to the corrosive economic situation in the country.
Eyewitnesses say the man, who’s yet to be identified, armed himself with a gallon of fuel and lighter and started narrating how Nigerians were going through hardship.
A witness Ben Chinedu said: “I was driving out of Omole First gate when I saw a crowd and I stopped to make enquiries when I saw a young man who is 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 he had been running from one person to another for assistance and everyone was saying things were difficult. He told people who cared to listen that the country is under a spell that cannot be cleansed.
“He said there was no hope and future for the youths. He said he could no longer bear the suffering and smiling syndrome, pretence showed by people. He threatened to kill himself, but people thought he was making empty threats, but he poured a liquid content on his body and brought out a lighter. He ignited fire on his body and he was burning. We started pouring water on him, though the fire has done enough damage on him before we put it off. We called the Police who came to the scene and pick the man who was unconscious.”
The incident has been confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP. Chike Oti who said the man is currently being treated at the Lagos State Emergency Centre around 7Up area.
He added that the Lagos Commissioner of Police has ordered an investigation into the matter to unravel the cause of the attempted suicide and the identity of the victim.