Soldiers Attack Lagos State Task Force Officers After Fashola’s ‘Disgrace’ of Colonel

Angry Nigerian military men during the attack on Lagos State Task Force officers
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.

Culled from a Nigerian newspaper, PM News

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16 Responses to “Soldiers Attack Lagos State Task Force Officers After Fashola’s ‘Disgrace’ of Colonel”

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  2. d.code says:

    Were re all those fool hailing fashola 4 arresting a colonel,Nigeria @ 51 som of u is Still decieve by punch News humiliating a colonel.Asss an eye witness of wat apppen on wednesday evening,d honourable colonel waz coming on wit is official tinted peogeut 406 green car on brt lane, our coward governor cam out of d traffic he waz and stop d car of d colonell.with order frm d colonel, his ordeley staff sergent driver came out first b4 d gentle colonel came out giving fashola as our governor a presidential salute,he enter his car and they drove off.As brf(fashola) waz coming back to his car pplle dat were watching d incident started booing at him woooooed.My advice is for our coward governor 2 apologies publicly 4 d colonel 4 d News spreading wrong information.I luv Nigeria military becos they dint jok with their superior.

  3. d.code says:

    Were re all those fool hailing fashola 4 arresting a colonel,Nigeria @ 51 som of u is Still decieve by Newspaper.Asss an eye witness of wat apppen on wednesday evening,d honourable colonel waz coming on wit is official tinted peogeut 406 green car on brt lane, our coward governor cam out of d traffic he waz and stop d car of d colonell.with order frm d colonel, his ordeley staff sergent driver came out first b4 d gentle colonel came out giving fashola as our governor a presidential salute,he enter his car and they drove off.As brf(fashola) waz coming back to his car pplle dat were watching d incident started booing at him woooooed.My advice is for our coward governor 2 apologies publicly 4 d colonel 4 d News spreading wrong information.I luv Nigeria military becos they dint jok with their superior.

  4. Owoyemi Ademola says:

    Nobody above the law, but in Nigerian who has money and power above the law.

  5. God we show us his way in dis country my friends?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I tink all.soldiers involved shld b posted to Borno state to face boko haram,y does d Nigerian army seem to forget dat they are subject to civilians if they are so strong y havnt they subdued boko haram insurgents.

  7. James says:

    The Nigerian army unfortunately is a dumping ground for dumb-heads who use uniforms 2 bamboozle more refined Nigerians.As such,I call 4 the Lagos state govt.2 sue the recalcitrant colonel & his boys.

  8. mustapha faruk jauro says:

    These army officers at best are lacking in proper displine. most of them, it may be due to ignorance or flagrant disregard for law and order deem their self to be above the law.

  9. mansholly says:

    These soldiers are unruly! Nigeria has a long way to go. Indiscipline is the bane of our problem. Until every Nigerian irrespective of his status in the society realizes that no one is above the law and that every one should be equal before the law, nothing will change.

  10. Mario says:

    Like I said the day governor Lagos state arrested the army officer that his boys, I mean those that are working under Lagos state task force whatever should be aware of the barrack men because their is still more to come… Even the state Governor is not free from them.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Kudos to 9ja soldiers.

  12. prince says:

    in naija, force men always above the law

  13. prince peace says:

    army una du well o. I wish una hand go fit toch lasma too i go dóbale 4 una. I beg cary go. More grease 4 una joint.

  14. Anonymous says:

    dat is good

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