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Man sets self ablaze over life’s frustrations

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A man believed to be in his early 20s on Wednesday afternoon set himself ablaze at Omole Phase 1 area of Ojodu, Lagos State.

A man believed to be in his early 20s on Wednesday afternoon set himself ablaze at Omole Phase 1 area of Ojodu, Lagos State.

The man whose identity has not been confirmed as at press time was said to have armed himself with a gallon of fuel and lighter and started narrating how Nigerians were going through hardship.

A witness, Ben Chinedu, told newsmen that: “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 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 is under a spell that cannot be cleansed.

“He said there was no hope and future for the youths and could no longer bear the suffering and smiling syndrome, and pretense showed by people.

He threatened to kill himself, but people thought he was making empty threats until 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 already unconscious. We don’t know the man and where he came from.”

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the story said the man is being treated at the Lagos State Emergency Centre.

“The man is still unconscious as he received a third degree burnt, 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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