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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Soldiers rampage: Army states own side of the story, flays Soyinka

The Nigerian Army have released a statement explaining their side of what transpired last Friday July 4th where soldiers allegedly beat up some civilians and set some BRT buses ablaze.

The statement signed by Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Omale Ochagwuba, says contrary to reports, the Lance Corporal killed by the BRT bus was driving on the main road used by other motorists and not on the lane reserved for the BRT buses. It also denied the army officers being responsible for setting some BRT buses on fire. The statement reads in part;
"On July 4, a Lance Corporal of Nigerian Army, who was on his way to the office on Ikorodu Road around Obanikoro area between 6:30 and 6:45am, was knocked down and killed by a BRT bus with number plate KSF 995 XJ. It is pertinent to state here that the late soldier was riding a power bike approved by the state government and he was neither riding inside a BRT lane nor was the BRT bus that killed him driving inside the BRT lane. The innocent law-abiding soldier was killed on the normal lane being plied by everybody as against what is being alleged by some sections of the media. Continue..
The soldier was hit from the rear and killed instantly. As stated earlier in our release, the mayhem visited on the BRT buses was the handiwork of hoodlums who seized the opportunity of the tragic situation to vent their anger on the buses for reasons best known to them. We know the peculiar nature of Lagos where miscreants always take advantage of situations like this to cause havoc. In a situation like this, people are bound to wrongfully accuse soldiers because they were seen around the offending bus which was not even attacked. With careful analysis of the incident, one will observe that the BRT buses vandalised were far removed from the scene of the accident".
"It is pertinent to once more remind the good people of Lagos that the BRT bus in question that killed the soldier and triggered the tragic consequences was neither vandalised nor burnt. It was same soldiers who are being wrongfully accused of burning buses and causing mayhem, which is not true, that secured the BRT bus and protected it from hoodlums before it was later towed into the barracks for safety and also prevented the hoodlums from causing further mayhem on the road and cleared the route for traffic to flow. We have pictures of the bus at the scene of the accident and while it was being towed away to safety. The bus in question has since been released to the BRT management. The question begging for answer now is: why is the bus itself that killed the soldier which was already in soldiers hands not vandalised or burnt? Is it not logical that, it should have been the first target of their anger as alleged? These are hard times for Nigerians and all hands should be on the deck to bring peace to the country rather than inflame passion. The Lagos State Government, which is supposed to be the most aggrieved party, did not jump into conclusions. The Lagos State Government said they are investigating. That is a matured way of handling situation rather than reacting on public opinion.”
The Army also reacted to a statement credited to Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka where he was alleged to have said the army was "Mad" while reacting to the Friday July 4th incident
"In a situation where a respected elder statesman will stand up in a public function and based on hear-say call a respected professional organisation like the Nigerian Army which is one of the major pillars of democracy and fighting to keep the country together as mad, is unfortunate and unbecoming. In less than a week, he has made two careless offensive statements. At times, he seems to speak before weighing the consequences of his statement. The Nigerian Army is a professional force which is law-abiding like any other citizen. The military is a highly disciplined organisation which also takes necessary steps to see that its erring members are brought to book at any time the need arises to enforce discipline.”

125 comments:

Alloy Chikezie said...

Why is it that it was when a soldier was killed that area boys went on rampage? When this things happen everytime, soldiers must learn we are in civilian rule and rule of law must be followed


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Anonymous said...

They re denying their action. Pretex4luv@yahoo.com

Onyeanu Clara oluchi said...

which should we believe !!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Who we go belive nw...

C.E.O

Unknown said...

HMMMMMMM. ANODA STORY.... WHICH SHUD WE BLIEVE..

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IG - @Hairbyniyot_ (08135891923) said...

The deed has been done already

Anonymous said...

N0 COMMENT.....next!! Thomassolomon67@yahoo.com

ND said...

i disagree wit dis report.i know they will find a way o coverup there trass. i rest my case.

MrsBankyW said...

God, time and time again, You have delivered Your children from trouble, and I know You won't fail now. You are more than able to deal with my situation, so I trust in You.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! he said power bike?

Amarachukwu. said...

They shld go n sit down...lies.

Anonymous said...

Na wa O, only God knows who is telling the truth. I heard they burnt the buses. Now they are saying area boys did.

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Unknown said...

I hope this clown actually believe himself as most Nigerians are not buying his baloney, as this erratic over zealous madness is like their signature mark.

Unknown said...

To cut the story short,the soldier was later buried....thanks for your 30mins spent reading.......

Unknown said...

Nobody knows the truth buh God....ok wat of the man that u fools beat up? U didn't include dat side of d story here! I smell a rat. Dis pple are lying!

BONARIO NNAGS said...

"Army is a professional force,which is law abiding"
Super story. I've seen the Nig army display their rascality in many situations.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Angie said...

Na only dem sabi wetin happen that day...

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solomon said...

Well.....don't tell me that crap

Unknown said...

Sounds lyk a well formulated write up ...ok nice one sounds mature ...#Tslicky

Anonymous said...

in my opinion, soldiers deserve more respect and consideration than they get in Nigeria. too bad

DOBY DOBY said...

Hia.. dem buz..

Anonymous said...

We have a long way to go in this country. Liars everywhere

Unknown said...

KK we down hear, waiting for another version of d story .

Anonymous said...

Liars, thats the same way the military denied preventing Rotimi amaechi and others entry into Ekiti state. Liars

Unknown said...

One thing that people don't understand is dat u reason before you talk! Dis country really does need the help of God.

Anonymous said...

And the pic of a female soldier
vandalising a BRT bus was photoshoped? 9ja!!! U're tellin me dat "the white am seeing is black".

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Soldiers will always remain ruthless..buh dey shuld calm down.

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Unknown said...

Ok we av hear. Ogunaomi@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

God bless nigeria. jopeyemi@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Ok we av hear. Ogunaomi@gmail.com

kofoglitz said...

Linda baby, abeg upload more of the pictures of soldiers vandalizing BRT buses, and pls can u also re-post the testimonies from the security guy beaten almost to death by soldiers...at least he wasnt blind when he got attacked....

Oba said...

they should go tell that to those who didn't see them. Professional organisation my foot... Nigerian soldiers are hoodlum in millitary uniform. what about the picture of the woman soldier that was vandalizing BRT bus. they should fear God ooooo....

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Anonymous said...

Story story...
big bullshit and em craze soldiers...

Anonymous said...

The Nigerian Army is full of liars, the whole Country knows the destroyed BRT buses and beat up people yet the insist of lying!

Anonymous said...

Lie lie

Anonymous said...

The investigation should be done by all parties concerned independently and should not be left in the hand of a party only to start to argue after the conclusion of investigation.
All parties should do thorough investigation and make public their findings at the end of the day so that we will know who is at fault and the party at fault should face the law music. Toks

Anonymous said...

Shut up you stupid lying spokesman! Many people saw your tout soldiers acting like mad men.

OSINANL said...

I LOVE THE NIGERIAN ARMY...

Anonymous said...

This is why I hate the army, always telling useless lies

Anonymous said...

They should shut up and go fight Boko Haram. This is the same army that lied about rescuing the Chibok girls. Animals in uniform!

Anonymous said...

Fela don talk am say Zombies no get sense, senseless lying soldiers

Anonymous said...

Lies upon lies upon lies!!! Unfortunately our media services cannot be trusted to release accurate information. One would assume at this day and age that anything being released to the public would be thoroughly investigated. I don't believe any of them because everyone is trying to cover their asses. What of the security guard that was beaten? I am guessing we are to blame it on the so called hoodlums!!!! All of u ti nye isi na otele okuko. Gbam!

Mr_SouL Get Naija Twitter/IG followers/7AB109CB said...

They shud shut up! Bunch of mad men, see the way they will drill u bcoz of one lebanese undergraduate on the road

Anonymous said...

Yes, it was a white power bike. No, it was not on the main road but on the BRT lane. It ran into the BRT bus that had broken down there/was not moving. I saw it with my own two eyes.

Anonymous said...

bullshit. /kk/ tm

Anonymous said...

That man sef too talk....learned good, but think well befor accusing the people protecting you..

Blackberry said...

Old age is making Wole soyinka mad!...hehehehehee....bite me if u can.

Anonymous said...

Oga Wole Shoyinka as an elder stateman try and briddle your tongue haba.....d way all dis small pikin talk to you do u like it?

VIVIE said...

HISS.. LIKE THERE ARENT PICTURES OF SOLDIERS VANDALIZING THE BUSES... THESE PEOPLE ARE MAD..

Unknown said...

Lie lie soliders!!

Anonymous said...

God will punish this idiot and his generation.... Stupid lies....bloody shame they can come and lie like this when those army boys clearly cUses the mayhem.... No wonder they were also beating those recording the whole thing on their phone.... It shall not be well with them and their generations

Livvsreamblog said...

I agree prof soyinka need to caution his words in public,he his an elder man and people see him as role model

Anonymous said...

THE ARMY HAS A VALID POINT HERE OH. NIGERIAN JOURNALISM IS JUST SILLY. NO FACTS, NOTHING.

SOYINKA OWN DON DEY TOO MUCH SELF OH. IS IT TOO MUCH EDUCATION OR OLD AGE?

ELDERS TALK LESS AND EACH WORD IS WELL-THOUGHT OF AND BREATHES IMMEASURABLE WISDOM BUT THIS OUR OGA OWN NA WAH OH. IT IS WELL.

Anonymous said...

It is well.

Unknown said...

Hmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

These people can lie....Chai!!!

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AYDOT said...

hmmmm. there are always two side to coin. ewoo cough and carttar is disturbing jare. sneezes

Anonymous said...

ASUP and federal govt you are both destiny destroyer may God of Ayodele Babalola never have mercy on you.may God of Adeboye destroy you and your family.may God of kumuyi disgrace you publicly.may God of all the prophet that never add charm to their calling waste your life.

Unknown said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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And i thought this matter is closed and done with....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, who do we believe now? Wole Soyinka should be get facts before he reacts to national issues. I wont like him to be disrespected.










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Unknown said...

army are just on their own, after destroying government's properties and taking laws into their hands, now claiming they were not the one dat destroy those buses...LIARS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Prof. Wole Soyinka is jux a "mad" old man

Anonymous said...

LIES!!!

Anonymous said...

I just like this press release, it sounds matured and less offensive. The Army is trying to handle the situation better than the so called democrats. Kudos Boys.

Anonymous said...

Mr deputy director, u knw these are lies from d pit of hell. They were pictures taken to prove they burnt down brt buses. Corruption has eaten ur brains out. Lie, lies, lies

Anonymous said...

They must really take us for fools. This so called press release sounds inconsistent and ridiculous. The sad thing is that they will get away with this eventually.

Anonymous said...

Go and bring back our girls oga and talk less abeg....

Anonymous said...

Lmao nobody wan comment ontop army?

Unknown said...

ofcourse i expected them to be on the defence...see the calculated response to wole, lwkm. that man tho>>>>

APPLE said...

SHAME ON NIGERIAN MILITARY!!!!! THEY HAVE NOTHING TO SAY!!!!! NIGERIAN MILITARY LIKE TO BULLY THE CIVILIANS!!! I AM BASED IN EUROPE AND YOU NEED TO SEE THEY WAY THEIR MILITARY TREAT THEIR OWN!!!

hrm paul ojeih said...

of course why wont the army deny it this incident happened last week and dey are just releasing their own side of the story this is delayed emotional repression tactic dey had to wait couple of days to allow the issue to simmer down before putting out a story soyinka was right the army is MAD pure and simple dey think dey are above the law. all they do is flex muscles mean while boko haram is on rampage the lagos state government should just ignore them nothing will come out of this case let d dead rest in peace and the injured quick recovery

Anonymous said...

Hehehe! una PRO try, but wat of the pictures dat was all over d internet? Dia is God ohh!

Unknown said...

WTF are they saying? The army is trying to cover their dirty asshole from shame&humilation.we have no force in nigeria@all

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Anonymous said...

Lagos state needs to sue them to court. The army ought to pay for damages. Its bad enough that there are not enough buses to convey passengers, you are burning the few. The army needs to be curtailed, that's why they are no longer respected in this country. How has this action solved any problem? Now Nigerians can see and understand why they can't control book haram.they act with their emotions and not with any rational sense. They have so much influence that they could have approached the governor and ask for the driver of the particular brt bus to be prosecuted but instead acted like animals in a big city like Lagos. Shame on the army! I would normally have berated the brt buses for their sometimes reckless driving but the retaliation was unnecessary. That's taxpayers money you just wasted. Fashola did not buy d buses with his personal money.

sola said...

Nigerian Army Public Relations: Your right! tell your tales to the marines. You must think you are talking to morons.

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jacktally said...

this one na original WALE ADENUGA'S production. Ndi army na super story una dey yarn!!! dis country sef

Anonymous said...

Abegi..... Free us jor with your long speech! Lagos is supposed to be d safest place in naija for now but this jungle justice system has to really stop. The national assembly needs to pass a law on jungle justice...the media should begin to debate it NAD raise a national awareness. We can't continue this existence we call living in Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

???????????????

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Anonymous said...

What are we to about it?
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Unknown said...

Hmmmm mm lie lie army,in my cousin's voice.

Unknown said...

Hmm lie lie army in my cousin's voice

Anonymous said...

This army oga dey lie,wat about pple wey dem slap..my frnd was one of those pple in d brt

Unknown said...

Bout d female soldier pictured in the act? Nigeria we hail thee!

exciting lifestyle consult blog said...

These pple a mad! They want me to believe dis? Dey shd get lost! Army is a disgrace if dis is d statement dey culd com up wit.

sonatey said...

But seriously, Prof shouldn't have said that about the Nigeria Army.... we'll wait for the government's investigation and then conclude!!!

Mischievous said...

The Nigerian Army is indeed Mad!. It is this same 'highly disciplined organisation' that burnt Fela's house, throw his 78 years mother out of the window, leading to her death. And l have witnessed occasions where they brutalised civilians'.

Olubukola Ozone said...

Its like dis ppl dont knw that thr is no amount of excuses/explanations they can make dat can justify that thr unreasonable act

Anonymous said...

story story, una don see mugu na, what will make lagosians descend on brt buses? Yeye army wen nor know left from right.

bobozy said...

Oya Libbers mek una tok.

Unknown said...

liers!!!! Nigerian Army... na wa

bobozy said...

oya libbers mek una tok. D army man dey lie?

Tea said...

Linda this is a big fat lie, I saw soldiers with my own eyes destroying BRT buses, I saw them beat up civilians, my office is on Ikorodu road and from the pent house we viewed all this events.

deevah said...

Story for the birds....mstchww most times I wonder whether this stupid show of power is displayeddd by the army of developed countries... see. their statement as if theyr strangers to us..we who were plyin the road wen they were behavin like mad dogs nko?? My frend hu had the Guts 4rm only God knws wer tried snappin them..they stopped the car,harassed him nd smashed his fone ryt there...rubbish. if they wer safeguardin y wer they literarily humiliatin ppl hu tried 2 snap? @least pix dnt lie...these ppl hu r quick 2 waste lives under the tiniest provocation. Mstchww. As if that wasn't Enof, on my way to work this mornin these lawless ppl wer in their staff bus, evrybody stopd @ the traffic light @sabo yaba nd dts how they just came out 4rm nower, d way dey wer speedin u'l think somthin serz was happenin only 4 them 2 stop in the middle of the cross road, I soldier alighted nd they did 1 dramatic u turn like that nd sped off...all d paparazzi cos u want 2 drop som1 off...ppl wer jus lauGhin @d whole stupidity...'them stil dey vex'...abegi let us hear wordd jare..lemme allow oda ppl 2 vent. m ok 4 nw.lol. @least it's not lyk dat stupid soldier @ ikorodu hu came downn nd smashed all d windows nd wind screens of a bus Bcos he was hornin nd they didn't move...pls help us utilise the energy @sambisa if una. they vex o.

Anonymous said...

If ah hear say na true.....always FOMY*

JOYCHY said...

Dis story is very questionable. I don't believe it. Shikenaaaaa

Anonymous said...

Why won't dey deny? Dey ar indeed mad! Even eywitnesses wrote on facebook & tweeter dat dey burnt buses & brutalised innocent civilians, including a security man at d estate d BRT driver ran into. Or is dis Army PRO referring to a different incidence?

lamee jay said...

Wole Soyinka don hear am. That man should just watch out .

allenjay said...

This version seems logical and might be true... let's wait and hear what the eventual conclusion of Lagos state investigation will be...

matthew295 said...

who are we to believ now?

Anonymous said...

no pictures of the area boys, no arrests made, all of lagos had the same hallucination that. what a bunch of liars and cowards they are

ary said...

Lies

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

The story sounds very questionable!Why did the soldiers tow the bus to their base,was that not supposed to be the police' duty?

Anonymous said...

Fuck you shameless liars!!!!!!!!! Person wey hear this statement go think say na human being dey write. Talking like they don't go around beating civilians. There is a video on youtube with an army officer stabbing a conductor in the back with a knife..and multiple other cases documented and otherwise of Nigerian Army officials violating the fundamental human rights of civilians. Only in Nigeria..are military personnel a.k.a weapons of war that are supposed to protect people..treat them like 2nd class citizens. Bastards #fuckoff

Anonymous said...

This is a big fat lie...I have an army friend who was at the scene also.Said they vandalized the brt buses because the brt drivers are rough and believe becos they are driving for govt no one can do them anything...And there was a particular pix of an army woman breaking the glass of a brt bus,she must be a hoodlum dressed in uniform i guess!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't mind the mumu soldiers. As if we don't know how they behave like monkeys.

Alagbado-ode said...

Just as unknown soldiers dey so we have unknown area boys! Stupid cook-ups and fairyland epistles. We live in Lagos and we all saw everything that happened. So leave Papa Wole alone,we are all too familiar with army/police modus operandi in Nigeria.

Unknown said...

Apart from d fact dat army pple r wicked, I didn't knw dey knew ow to lie this mch... wicked liers

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with your observation of Prof Wole Soyinka lately, i wonder why and begin to think possibly cos his son has been made a commissioner in Ogun state has affected his sense of judgment, he has turn himself to APC mouthpiece and U will always find him around APC program so sad. I wonder how Soyinka can close his eyes to excesses of Tinubu who turns responsible mature men to stooge simply cos of position

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with your observation of Prof Wole Soyinka lately, i wonder why and begin to think possibly cos his son has been made a commissioner in Ogun state has affected his sense of judgment, he has turn himself to APC mouthpiece and U will always find him around APC program so sad. I wonder how Soyinka can close his eyes to excesses of Tinubu who turns responsible mature men to stooge simply cos of position

Anon 911 said...

Atleast they made an effort to cover up thier tracks..

Anonymous said...

Dats a dumb question 2 ask. Does dis sound true to u?

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Stella Adedotun said...

Oh please, the Nigerian Army should take a back seat. Like seriously, they can't even own up to an act that they perpetrated. They conducted themselves in an unruly manner. This act must be investigated and the perpetrators brought to book! We all know that the Nigerian army think they are invincible and aren't law abiding citizens, do there's no need for them to waste their time writing such lengthy sentences. The Cowards should just own up to their act and face the music.

Anonymous said...

Clearly not all rules were being followed by the soldiers as the soldier was not wearing a helmet I would assume.

Unknown said...

This country is so fucked rite now,in any lawful country cases like this should be resolved in court..not this stupid dem say dem and big begs of lies

Barry9ice said...

Belief the later, cos a friend of mine witness d scenerio, he said pple capturing d event were beaten up, expensive phones, I-pad e.t.c where hijack 4rm every passers, so dt it wont b used against Dem in time like dis. Nigeria army re bloody liars, dey hv no value for human lives.

Anonymous said...

This clearly shows a perfect picture of what is going on up north and why the chibok girls are still missing. It also shows me that the level of indiscipline in the army is unthinkable. If their officer can come out with this senseless story. I can also conclude that the only training the receive is how to intimidate civilians and lack the mental strength to know what it means to be a soldier. How can you tell me the soldier was on a power bike and he was on the main road when the picture shows he died on a BRT lane? how can the bus kill him on the main road and then jump into the BRT lane with his corps? this officer must be very stupid and i don't apologise for that. worse of all, "Hoodlums over powered them to set the other buses on fire?", what about the security man they brutalized? sometimes this people make one see reasons with the Boko-Haram insurgents sef. The useless fools, don't they live in lagos too? @ least their wives ply the BRT buses. Animals

Barry9ice said...

What a country, what kind of country re we? A country where a Police officer shoot at harmless civilian on wheel jst bcos of #20/50 mostly kill innocent soul yet such an officer go scot free, the Army is d worst, when carrying out there barbaric act no one can put Dem to order, mostly selfless/harmless civilian suffer d consequence, at the end of it no Justice is given, most of d time there superior help cover their mess, sometime i wonder if we re being guide by law at all, what happen to rule of law? what happen to d section of Nigeria constitution dt brings culprit to law? If no drastic action is taken on our so call Law enforcer dis criminal & barbaric act continue to prevail in our society. God bless Nigeria.

Unknown said...

Nice one

Unknown said...

This is absolute false as i was i witness.The bus i boarded from Onipanu was stop before Palmgrove.The soldiers hurled stones on the bus screen even on the body as i had to run for my life causing me to be stranded for hours due to huge traffic caused by their senseless act.The should be ashamed of their actions as they have always maltreated the poor masses.Transfer such aggression to Sambisa Forest not Innocent civilians

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