Fashola Condemns Soldiers Rampage in Lagos, Says It’s Very Irresponsible
Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola has condemned the action of some group of soldiers who went on rampage in Lagos on Friday, burning down BRT buses in the process.
Fasolah took exception to the soldiers’ violence, adding that he was disappointed that the soldiers who are paid from public funds could descend on buses that Lagosians are already complaining are inadequate to meet their transportation needs.
The state Government, he said ,only recently completed the rehabilitation of a police barracks destroyed by soldiers in 2006. He 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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