Fire Guts Lagos Bus While Running Away From LASTMA

By Damilare Adeleye

An 18-passenger bus has been engulfed by fire while trying to escape from officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Thursday morning.

The bus which was heading towards the Maryland area of the state was burnt beyond recognition at the popular Obanikoro bus stop, very close to Awoof fast food.

An eyewitness said that the driver who did not want his bus to be seized by officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) who were on patrol, parked his bus in the middle of the road when one of the LASTMA operatives opened the bonnet of the bus and pulled out the fuel pump which led to the fire outbreak.

It could not be ascertained the number of persons who were on the bus, but witnesses said there were passengers who ran out of the bus immediately after they noticed the fire.

The police were contacted for rescue after a mob nearly lynched the LASTMA officials.

It was learnt that before other drivers and passersby could rally round to put out the fire, the bus was already burnt completely beyond recognition.