LASTMA condemn act of indiscipline of some military officers who violtaed Lagos State BRT laws
In a dramatic show of shame, some personnel of the Nigerian Military tuesday threw caution and descended heavily on LASTMA official Peter Owolabi for daring to take the photographs of their black Honda Accord car with number registration CP 839 YAB which violated the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) laws at Obanikoro bus stop at Ikorodu road.
The unruly attitude of the personnel attracted attention of members of the public, who jeered and admonished them to respect civil authority.
The officers were stopped during a routine exercise to prohibit illegal use of BRT bus corridor by other motorists. The violators were presented with fine ticket in accordance with the new approach of the agency of booking offenders on the spot and allow continuing with journey without their vehicle being impounded.
However, unlike their civilian counterparts, the Military officers refused to collect the tickets and rather opted to obstruct movement of other vehicles from exiting the corridor and in the process caused pandemonium and created ugly scenes unbefitting modern army.
They rained avalanche of blows and kick anybody holding recording device or watching the show of shame. In the process, the agency`s cameraman was manhandled and camera smashed in order to prevent the recording of their uncivilized conduct. It’s worthy to note that LASTMA officials are only empowered by the law to ensure orderliness, sanity and safety to Lagos roads. The attack was a clear case of what LASTMA personnel usually go through in the hands of some uniform personnel at a time that the state government is making effort to restore orderliness to the state road. It has become habit for some of the military personnel driving commercial buses in uniform to flout the state traffic law, collaborate or encourage commercial drivers to violate traffic law on Lagos roads.
In his reaction the General Manager of the Agency, Bashir Braimah who led the officials out in the joint enforcement of the BRT violation by LASTMA, Military Police and The Nigerian Police lamented the act of indiscipline of the Nigerian Military as they violated the BRT laws with impunity.
According to him, they should be the custodian of law but regrettably are working against the law. He added that law is no respecter of nobody and the road traffic law must be obeyed in other ensure the safety of lives and property.
Braimah hinted that over 15 vehicles belonging to the military violated during the exercise that took place twice on Monday . He further disclosed that while some were civil and remorse, others were aggressive and unruly. Amongst the latter were silver Toyota Matrix 103 AT fully loaded with top military personnel.
Also arrested was a bus belonging to the Nigeria Army college of Nursing with registration number NA 830 BOA, a army green Peugeot with registration number NA 284 B0/1, silver Nissan KTU 820 AY, Silver colour Toyota Camry KJA 233 TB, green Hilux truck DHQ 232, Navy colour Volkswagen with registration number MUS 693 CY driven by a fully kitted Naval officer. Others are APP 115 BY and KTU 239 AH amongst others.
The General Manager noted that all the vehicles found in the BRT corridors were either driven by the military or with military paraphernalia hanging in the vehicles. He appealed to all security formations to collaborate and work in harmony with LASTMA so as achieve a common goal of a better environment.
– Damilola Olaniyanthe miltry