|Scene of Incident|
A riot policeman on a motorcycle was burnt to death on Tuesday [Mar. 24] at the UNILAG waterfront end of the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos State. The policeman’s colleague, who was in critical condition, suffered burns injuries and had been rushed to a medical facility by rescue officials attached to the Lagos State Ambulance Service.
Some officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority told PUNCH that the two men were riding the motorcycle marked, Lagos APP 738 QC, towards the Oworonshoki area of the state, when the incident happened.
The motorcycle was said to have a lone crash and tumbled on the men. As the policemen were still smarting from the pain of the fall, the fuel in the bike reportedly spilled on the exhaust pipe, which ignited fire and resulted in an explosion. The policemen were said to be carrying tear gas canisters and some other inflammable materials, which were said to have worsened the incident.
While one of the officers was burnt beyond recognition, the other was rescued by the LASTMA and LASAMBUS officials. An eyewitness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said LASAMBUS took the survivor to a hospital around 7am.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, but said he could not confirm if the deceased was a police officer. He said, “The incident happened and the rescued policeman is receiving treatment. He is not dead. The other man, nobody can tell his identity because he was burnt beyond recognition.”