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26 Oct 2017

We Saw Driver Packing Burnt Cash - Traffic Officer Speaks on Gov. Fayose's Burnt G-Wagon in Lagos

More details have emerged after Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, escaped death by a whisker after fire consumed his Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon in Lagos State.

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It was reported on Wednesday that a white Mercedes Benz G-Wagon worth millions of Naira which belongs to the Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, reportedly burnt down on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos State.

The Governor's Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, had revealed that the SUV caught fire and burnt down on motion when Fayose (who was not in the vehicle) was heading for the Lagos airport when the car got burnt.

According to a new report by PUNCH, after the vehicle caught fire, the governor fled it and escaped into another car which was in his convoy.

Meanwhile, traffic officials with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency have responded to the incident, saying that 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.

An official said, “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 wreckage of the car was towed away by LASEMA.”

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