BRT: Fashola condemns soldiers’ act, says official report will determine action

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 5th, 2014

20140704-104341>Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola has said that Friday’s conduct by soldiers who acted violently on the Ikorodu road was disappointing.
He said it was unfortunate that the soldiers who were paid from public funds could destroy buses that commuters say were inadequate to meet their transportation needs.

In his official reaction to the incident which was triggered after a soldier was allegedly killed by a BRT bus, Fashola said he would wait for formal report from the Brigade Commander to enable the state government take a decision on the development.

He said: “There is an 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 it is a criminal offence.

“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 being suggested.

“I am waiting for the official report to let me know who played what role and what happened. And 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 a very irresponsible conduct, to put it very mildly.

“In 2006 soldiers stormed the Area C Police Station. We have just managed to reconstruct it. If buses that citizens are complaining are 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 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.

“I have been in touch with the Brigade commander, who assured me that he was managing the situation. Nothing I have here is verified, I am waiting for a formal report before we can ventilate a position”

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