New details have emerged on the recent fire incident that completely destroyed Governor Fayose's G-Wagon on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos state.
Traffic officials have claimed that the driver to Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, took out cash from the Mercedes Benz G-Class that was razed to ashes on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway on Tuesday.
Fayose escaped death after his official car caught fire and according to Punch, the Governor escaped into another car which was in his convoy.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) later responded to the incident.
A traffic official and witness said the driver of the G-Class, who waited behind until the fire was put off, later went in to pack some burnt N500 notes and other items in the car.
“The accident happened around 1.30pm on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway inward Airport Road. It happened on the Oshodi bridge, not too far from the LASTMA’s headquarters.
“We cannot tell the exact cause of the fire. We gathered from those at the scene that the governor was in the G-Class when the accident happened and he quickly escaped into another car in his convoy.
“On getting to the scene, we saw the driver who tried to cover his face with a Fez cap. He watched helplessly as the fire raged on. We alerted the state fire service and LASEMA. The LASEMA response unit had to take one way to access the accident scene because the road was blocked because of the inferno.
“On arrival, they were able to douse the fire. The vehicle was seriously burnt. The driver did not talk to anybody. We saw as he started packing some of the burnt cash in the car. They were N500 notes. He packed the money with some other items into a polythene bag. This was in the presence of traffic officials and the police. We later cleared the traffic as the carcass of the car was towed away by LASEMA,” he said.
Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose's spokesperson who confirmed the incident said the SUV caught fire on the motion but the governor was not in the vehicle, New Telegraph reports.
“No casualty recorded. Cause of the fire not ascertained yet,” he said. Going further, he said:
“There was an accident involving the governor’s vehicle on his way to the airport yesterday. Though he was meant to be in the vehicle, by providence, he was not there.
“What caused the sudden fire under the vehicle is yet to be ascertained,” he added.