Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's ‘Humiliation' Of Colonel

Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola’s ‘Humiliation’ Of Colonel

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Irate soldiers during the attack on taskforce officials in Lagos, yesterday.

Soldiers went wild yesterday and attacked officers of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit at Yaba area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

This might not be unconnected with the ‘humiliation’ of an Army Colonel by Governor Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday for driving on BRT lane.

The soldiers attacked the taskforce officials with bottles and stones and used knife to puncture two tyres of the Black Maria used in conveying offenders.

Trouble started on Murtala Muhammed Way, Yaba close to an Army barracks when the taskforce officials, who were on patrol to ensure smooth flow of traffic, spotted a commuter bus parked in the middle of the road and obstructing traffic.

The tasforce officials were said to have accosted the driver but a soldier who was sitting in the bus collected the key from the driver to prevent the taskforce officials from taking the bus away.

The soldier was said to have called for reinforcement from the 81 Division barracks and within minutes, several soldiers trooped out from the barracks and began to haul stones and other dangerous missiles at the taskforce officials.

Some of the soldiers were said to be making unsavoury remarks about the governor for daring to arrest and humiliate an Army Colonel on Tuesday and decided to vent their anger on the taskforce officials.

As the situation worsened, the taskforce also called for a reinforcement.

It was in the heat of the clash that the tyres of the Black Maria were torn with knife and deflated.

An eye witness said a top military officer, a Lieutenant, allegedly ordered his boys to abduct some of the taskforce officials and take them to the barracks.

Calm was restored when a senior taskforce official intervened and asked his boys to beat a retreat.

Taskforce Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman confirmed the attack on his men and described it as an affront on the state government for soldiers to vandalise government vehicle.

He said it was wrong for soldiers to attack taskforce officials on legitimate duty with stones and other dangerous weapons.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga



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Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
Enyi posted on 07-19-2012, 14:37:17 PM
BTW, I thought it was only the Police that has "Black Maria".
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
First-lady posted on 07-19-2012, 14:45:26 PM
ROFL
I couldn't stop laughing
Isn't it funny that the black Maria is getting undue attention here
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
Valteena posted on 07-19-2012, 14:47:03 PM
Agens the thing is in other clime, you hardly even see military personnels in public at least not in their uniforms.For the length of time I have been in the UK, I can count the number of times I have seen military personnels in public or on public transportation on the finger of one hand.

But ours are everywhere, struggling public transportation with members of the public and squabbling over fare payment. They are even in the market places haggling meat with or confiscating goods from the public illegally and in their uniforms too which to them serves as weapon of intimidation. What is that they say about familiarity breeding contempt.
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
Tit posted on 07-19-2012, 14:48:06 PM
Fashola ooo! Fashola OOO!
Bring your calabash
Bring your calabash
Water don pass garri ooo
Bring your calabash.
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
HolyPagan posted on 07-19-2012, 14:48:14 PM
QUOTE:
I hate to say: \"I told you so!\"

Not that I am condoning lawlessness from any segment of the society, but we are still in Nija where all animals are not equal. In how many civilized nations do Service personnel enter buses (both govt-owned and private) and they insist they wont pay the fares because they are \"Staff\"?

As I read this story, I remembered your post yesterday.
QUOTE:
But Fashola dey lucky, sha! If the spot of \"arrest\" had been very close to a Military barrack, the story may have a gory ending.
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
Agensheku posted on 07-19-2012, 14:53:56 PM
QUOTE:
Agens the thing is you hardly even see them in public at least not in their uniforms talk less of struggling public transportation with members of the public and squabbling over fare payment. For the length of time I have been in the UK, I can count the number of times I have seen military personnels in public or on public transportation on the finger of one hand.
We are getting the backlash of the military interregnum in our governance.

Until 1966, I never saw a live soldier in my life, except on the TV. But since they mingled with the civil society, things have never been the same again. You cant compete with them for a girl, your car must not be better looking than their own, their kids bully civilian kids in schools, etc.

The solution? Better governance. Now you see why we are shouting ourselves hoarse?
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
Valteena posted on 07-19-2012, 15:07:20 PM
QUOTE:
We are getting the backlash of the military interregnum in our governance.

Until 1966, I never saw a live soldier in my life, except on the TV. But since they mingled with the civil society, things have never been the same again. You cant compete with them for a girl, your car must not be better looking than their own, their kids bully civilian kids in schools, etc.

The solution? Better governance. Now you see why we are shouting ourselves hoarse?


Exactly. After how many years since military intervention in our politics ceased, we are still struggling to get them to adjust and conform to their constitutional role in our society with little success and yet some are advocating for the same military and their oppressive irresponsibilities to come back.
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
Ajibs posted on 07-19-2012, 15:07:57 PM
QUOTE:
Agens the thing is in other clime, you hardly even see military personnels in public at least not in their uniforms.For the length of time I have been in the UK, I can count the number of times I have seen military personnels in public or on public transportation on the finger of one hand.

But ours are everywhere, struggling public transportation with members of the public and squabbling over fare payment. They are even in the market places haggling meat with or confiscating goods from the public illegally and in their uniforms too which to them serves as weapon of intimidation. What is that they say about familiarity breeding contempt.


My dearest Valteena,

Maybe dats is UK style or because you do not live near any military institution or center of power... For those of us living the MD/ DC/ VA area, and for those that take public transport, you see dozens upon dozens upon hundreds of military personnel daily with you on the bus or in the Metro!

But here is the huge difference, they already have special discounted fare cards as service members to the American Armed forces, they do get discounts on their transport AND everything else in this country I must add. Like mortgages et al

So in a way, it is a legitimate grouse that the service members pay a lesser fare, but it needs be streamlined and properly organized and also not free of charge. And Lagos can certainly do that with the new BRT bus system.

QUOTE:
The soldier was said to have called for reinforcement from the 81 Division barracks and within minutes, several soldiers trooped out from the barracks and began to haul stones and other dangerous missiles at the taskforce officials.

Some of the soldiers were said to be making unsavoury remarks about the governor for daring to arrest and humiliate an Army Colonel on Tuesday and decided to vent their anger on the taskforce officials.

As the situation worsened, the taskforce also called for a reinforcement.


GOOD!!! People standing up to the nonsense military antics and dem no dey fear military again, Thank GOD they did not throw bullets, just stones and "dangerous missiles" whatever that means...
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
Prof penkelemess posted on 07-19-2012, 15:27:08 PM
My first Ladies,

you are

hope-less,

as we say in Bariga!

Prof-of-penkele-Oworonshoki
Re: Soldiers Go Wild In Lagos After Fashola's 'Humiliation' Of Colonel
Valteena posted on 07-19-2012, 15:31:34 PM
QUOTE:
My dearest Valteena,

Maybe dats is UK style or because you do not live near any military institution or center of power... For those of us living the MD/ DC/ VA area, and for those that take public transport, you see dozens upon dozens upon hundreds of military personnel daily with you on the bus or in the Metro!

But here is the huge difference, they already have special discounted fare cards as service members to the American Armed forces, they do get discounts on their transport AND everything else in this country I must add. Like mortgages et al

So in a way, it is a legitimate grouse that the service members pay a lesser fare, but it needs be streamlined and properly organized and also not free of charge. And Lagos can certainly do that with the new BRT bus system.



GOOD!!! People standing up to the nonsense military antics and dem no dey fear military again, Thank GOD they did not throw bullets, just stones and \"dangerous missiles\" whatever that means...


Yes Ajibs if you live close to where their barracks or any other military facility is situated you're likely to see more of them but even at that they still remain as un obstructive as possible that you are hardly conscious of their presence. And the very rare occasion they become engage with the public you see the reverence and adulation they get from the public. And you said they get discount not completely free pass here, there and everywhere neither do they take whatever it is they don't get out on members of the public like ours do.
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