Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has narrowly escaped death on Tuesday after his Mercedes-Benz G-Class was consumed by fire along Oshodi-Apap Expressway in Lagos.
The vehicle which the governor rode had just had accident on itself before running into another vehicle on the convoy.
With the help of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority officials, the day was saved.
According to witness, one of the traffic officials, Fayose’s driver waited until the fire was quenched and swiftly moved to pack some burnt cash from the vehicle, which are N500 notes.
The traffic officer said, “The accident happened along Oshodi bridge, near headquarters of LASTMAN about 1:30 in the afternoon at Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, road leading to Airport Road.
The officer who said the real cause of the fire cannot be ascertained added that, “We saw that Governor Fayose was in the G-Class when the accident occurred and he quickly escaped into another vehicle on the convoy.
Just at the scene of the accident, we noticed that the driver of the burnt vehicle was trying to cover his face with Fez cap, as he could not do anything as at the time so he waited. We informed the LASEMA fire service, who on arrival were able to put off the fire.But the vehicle has burnt severely.
“The driver who did not talk with anybody, quickly brought out a polythene bag and started packing N500 notes into it along other items. The traffic officials and police saw it too.
“Later the remain of the burnt car was towed away by LASEMA”
Reacting to the incident, Lere Olayinka, governor’s Special Assistant New Media and Public Communication, said in a statement yesterday that Fayose was heading for Lagos airport before the car got accident, though the cause was still a mystery.
Olayinka who denied Fayose in the vehicle, saying, “Though he was meant to be in the vehicle, by providence, he was not there”.