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Man Sets Himself Ablaze, Says Nigeria’s Hardship is too much

by Anjorin Dare
Man Sets Himself Ablaze, Says Nigeria’s Hardship is too much

JA man believed to be in his early 20s sets himself ablaze in the Omole Phase 1 area of Ojodu, Lagos, on Wednesday

The man, whose identity is yet to identified was said to be in possession of a gallon of petrol and a lighter and started narrating the ordeals and hardship Nigerians face.

Man Sets Himself Ablaze, Says Nigeria’s Hardship is too much

Man Sets Himself Ablaze, Says Nigeria’s Hardship is too much



An eye-witness, Ben Chinedu, told Daily Sun that: “I was Gate when I saw a crowd and I stopped to make enquiries. 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 he had been running from one person to other for assistance and everyone was saying things were difficult. He told people who cared to listen that the country was under a spell that cannot be cleansed.

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“He said there was no hope and future for the youth, he could no longer bear the ‘suffering-and-smiling’ syndrome and pretence showed by most people. He threatened to kill himself, but people thought he was making empty threats. 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 called the police who came to the scene and picked the man who 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.

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