Two persons, including a soldier, identified as Sgt. G Abdullahi, have been burnt to death while pursuing a petroleum smuggler on a motorcycle on the Badagry-Seme border expressway.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. last Saturday at Sitto area during a head-on collision with another petrol-laden motorcycle, igniting fire.
It was gathered that Solomon Donna, the petroleum smuggler, had already escaped the checkpoint before he was pursued by the soldier who arrested him.
“Security men at Arakab junction checkpoint, Sitto, Badagry, ordered a motorcyclist who was carrying petroleum to stop but he refused to stop and escaped.
“This prompted Abdullahi to pursue the petrol smuggler, got him arrested, and ordered him back to their checkpoint.
“However, while returning, both followed one-way and had a head-on collision with another oncoming motorcycle carrying petroleum.
“This resulted in an explosion and Donna was burnt to death on the spot while Abdullahi and another rider were burnt beyond recognition.
“The soldier and others were rushed to Badagry General Hospital for medical attention. Abdullahi later died at Badagry General Hospital.
“The corpse of the smuggler was later removed by his relations for burial while the soldier’s body was deposited at Badagry hospital mortuary.”
The Nigeria Police division in Badagry, however, said it was yet to receive an official report of the incident.