July 4, 2014 – The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Friday condemned the army for unleashing mayhem in Lagos to revenge alleged killing of thier colleague by one of the buses on the Lagos State Government Buses (LAGBUS).
The soldiers allegedly burnt and vandalized at least 8 buses operating on the BRT scheme and beat up civilians.
Said the governor,“I have been in touch with the Brigade commander, who assured that he was managing the situation. Nothing I have here is verified, I am waiting for formal report before we can ventilate a position. There is allegation that someone who was not supposed to be on the BRT route was on it. As far I know, if something happens to you while you are conducting an unlawful act is criminal offense in its own sense. But it is really disappointing that public servants and that is what soldiers are, paid with tax payer’s money, will act in a manner that is been suggested because I am waiting for official report to let me know who played what role and what happened”, he said.
According to him, “Whether the brigade commander has been able to identify the people who committed the offence. If it turns out to be true, it will be very irresponsible conduct, to put it very mildly. I remember in 2006 when soldiers stormed barracks and set the place ablaze the Area C police command. We just managed to reconstruct the command.
“If buses that citizens are complaining that were not enough are set ablaze, I do not know how setting ablaze buses recompense any injury that one may have suffered.
I do not know how damaging public property is the restitution for the any injury that may have come. For now, the only thing that I can say to you is that when I get the full fact, I will address the residents, to let them know what happened and what the state action will be”, Fashola said.