A man, identified as Ahmed and a Berber by profession, has died after he set himself ablaze on a road leading to Omole Estate, near Akiode Bus Stop in Lagos.
The barber had reportedly emerged on the road around 4:30 pm on Wednesday holding a five-litre jerrycan of petrol.
He subsequently poured the fuel on his body, struck a match and lit himself.
It took the effort of a bystander, who was standing a few metres away from the scene, to put out the fire.
He was later carried away by officials of the Lagos State Ambulance Services.
Mr. Ahmed later died around 5:00pm Friday in a hospital while receiving treatment.
The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police command , CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, but said he was yet to be briefed on the man’s death.
According to the Police Boss, “The incident is true. The man attempted suicide by setting himself ablaze but he was rescued.
“We have yet to ascertain the reason why he took that deadly action.”
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