Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, narrowly escaped death on Tuesday after his Mercedes Benz G-Class was engulfed by fire on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway in Lagos State.
It was learnt that the governor fled after it caught fire and escaped into another car which was in his convoy.
It was further learnt that the traffic officials with the Lagos State Traffic Management and the Lagos to State Emergency Management Agency later attended to the scene.
A traffic official who witnessed the incident claimed that the driver of the vehicle, who stayed until the fire was put off, later went into the vehicle to pack some burnt cash of N500 denominations and other items from the vehicle.
He said, “The accident happened around 1:30pm on the Oshodi -Apapa Expressway toward Airport Road, 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 face 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 . ”
However, the Special Assistant to Fayose on New Media and Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, disclosed that the governor was not in the car.
In a statement issued on the incident on Wednesday, Olayinka explained that Fayose was heading for the Lagos airport when the car got burnt .
He said the cause of the accident remained a puzzle.