- A G-Wagon belonging to Governor Fayose was burnt down in Lagos on Wednesday, October 25
- It was earlier reported that the governor was not in the SUV during the incident and no casualty was recorded
- But new reports have it that the governor escaped from the burning car
- Cause of the fire, however, could not be ascertained
New details have emerged on the recent fire incident that completely destroyed Governor Fayose's G-Wagon on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos state.
Punch reports that a traffic official and witness said the driver of the G-Class, who waited behind until the fire was put off, went in to pack some burnt N500 notes and other items in the car.
The media outfit also reported that contrary to earlier report, the Ekiti state governor was in the SUV when it caught fire.
He 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 carcass of the car was towed away by LASEMA.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose lost one of his choice cars as his white Mercedes Benz G-Wagon was completely burnt down in Lagos on Wednesday, October 25.
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.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that twelve years after the first forum was inaugurated, governors from 16 southern states in Nigeria met again in Lagos on Monday, October 23, for a forum meeting.
The only governor who was missing and did not send a representative to the summit was the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha.
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Other governors present at the Southern Governors’ summit 2017 include the six southwest governors: Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose; Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun; Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Osun state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
Also present were the governors of: Rivers state, Nyesom Wike; Edo state, Godwin Obaseki; Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu; Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Akwa Ibom state, Emmanuel Udom and Ebonyi state, David Umahi.
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