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Army Exonerates Soldiers From BRT Buses Attack, Gives Soyinka Knocks

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The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said the soldier that was crushed to death by a BRT bus did not ride his power bike on Bus Rapid Transit lane as alleged.

The Army was reacting to media reports that some BRT buses were vandalised by soldiers, who went on rampage on the day of the incident.

Deputy Director, Public Relations of the 81 Division, Lieutenant Colonel Omale Ochaguba, said in a statement that “the attention of 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to allegations and accusations making rounds and being bandied by some media organizations that soldiers attacked and vandalized BRT buses. We want to state here that nothing like that happened”.

Giving a background to what transpired, Ochaguba said on Friday July 4, 2014, a Lance Corporal of the Nigerian Army, who was on his way to the office on Ikorodu road around Obanikoro area, was knocked down and killed by a BRT bus with registration number 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 on 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. The soldier was hit from the rear and killed instantly”, he said.

He added that the mayhem that was unleashed on BRT buses was the handiwork of hoodlums, who according to him “seized the opportunity of the 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 vandalized were far removed from the scene of the accident”, he said.

Lieutenant Colonel Ochaguwba added:  “It was the same soldiers who are being wrongfully accused of burning buses and causing mayhem were the ones that secured the BRT bus and protected it from hoodlums before it was later towed to 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 spokesman said some of the questions begging for answer now is, “why is it that the bus that killed the soldier which was already in soldiers’ hands not vandalized 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 deck to bring peace to the country rather than inflame passion”.

According to him, “The Lagos State government, which is supposed to be the most aggrieved party did not jump into conclusion. The Lagos State government said they are investigating; that is a mature way of handling situations, rather than reacting on public opinion”.

The Army also reacted to a statement credited to Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka wherein he described the action of the soldiers as “mad”.

The statement said: “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”.

It further noted that in less than a week, Prof. Soyinka has made two careless offensive statements, adding that “At times, he seems to speak before weighing the consequences of his statement”.

The Army reiterated that it is a professional force, which is law-abiding like any other citizen and as a highly disciplined organization, it also takes necessary steps to see that its erring members are brought to book at any time the need arises to enforce discipline.

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  1. adefemi tunrayo

    July 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Wole Soyinka wnt to make himself a monster in d country wit his careless and un guided statement since he has become a friend of APC,I wl advice him to stay clear of politics nt to be rubbished.

  2. kunle

    July 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Has the army spoke person seen above picture?
    Well one will find his excuse difficult to believe knowing the attitude of our uniformed men toward civilian and purported rescue of chibok girls.

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims
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Oke

Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)

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#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Properties in the conpound on fire

Properties in the compound on fire

Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.

According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.

Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.

The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.

Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.

In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.

Read Also: #EndSARS: Nigerian Army Denies Shooting At Protesters In Lekki

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