INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Taskforce) has denied its involvement in the incident where a commercial bus driver whose vehicle was allegedly impounded and set himself ablaze.
In a statement signed by the agency’s spokesperson, Abdulraheem Gbadeyan, the Task Force said its “officials had no hand in the enforcement for compliance that led to a commercial-bus driver setting himself ablaze to resist his vehicle from being impounded by yet-to-identified security agents.”
The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, was quoted as saying his men were still at their base at the time of the incident, adding that some imposters were using the name of the agency to perpetrate crimes.
He said; “Investigations and accounts of persons who were present at the scene of the incident have categorically revealed that the driver, one Mr Ayo aka Eru, poured petrol on himself to scare security operatives from enforcing the traffic law which he violated. After the operatives left, luck ran out on him and some of the hoodlums present mistook him for one of the security operatives and set him ablaze.
“Let me emphasise here that for us as an agency of government, we believe that it is better for us to allow an offender to go unharmed than to cause an injury.”
Meanwhile, the State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the state Commissioner of Police had ordered an investigation into the incident.