By Simdi Gloria:-
Tragedy struck on Thursday when a middle-aged man set himself ablaze in Jos North local government area of Plateau State.
According to Punch Metro, the incident occurred around 8.30 am at the Garden of Forgiveness, opposite Our Lady of Apostle Hospital in Jos.
Phillip Gyang, a witness said the victim who is a tricycle rider entered the garden and poured petrol on himself before setting himself on fire.
“It is really strange and I don’t know the reason he did that,” he added.
Another witness by the name of Ruth who had a shop near the garden said, said the man parked his tricycle by the roadside before taking his life.
Ruth said, “He surveyed the garden and the environment to ensure that no one was watching. He went straight to his tricycle to carry fuel, soaked himself with petroleum, and set himself ablaze.
“It was at that point that I raised the alarm and other people doing business within the vicinity dashed to the garden to rescue him. But before they could put the fire out, it had done enough damage to him. The man later died. Some policemen who arrived at the scene took his remains away.”
ASP Gabriel Ubah, The state Police Public Relations Officer, said the matter had not been reported to him.
Hassan Dahiru, the chairman of the tricycle riders association in His North local government said he would make inquiries about it.