Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, on Friday, July 4, 2014, advised law enforcement agents to always guide against the temptation to take laws into their hands and damage public property as such act sets the society back. The Governor who spoke with State House Correspondents at Lagos House, Ikeja, after a meeting of the State Executive Council, added that he has been in touch with the Brigade Commander who has assured him that he was managing and controlling the situation. As he said, if buses that citizens are saying are not enough are being set ablaze, he could not understand how destroying buses recompenses any injury in any event that anyone may have suffered, saying: “I don’t know how damaging public property is restitution for any injury that may have come”. The Governor who said that the event occurred while he was on his way back from Abuja gave a commitment that when he gets the full facts, he will address the media and let them know what has happened and what the State intends to do and how it intends to go about it. “There is allegation that somebody who was not supposed to be on the BRT route was there and as far as I know, if something happens to you while you are conducting an unlawful act, it is a criminal offence in its own sense. It’s really disappointing to put it mildly that public servants and that is what soldiers are, paid with tax payers money, will act in a manner that is being suggested here and I say being suggested because I am waiting for official report to let me know who really played what role, what happened, whether or not even the Brigade Commander has been able to identify the people who were involved”, he explained. “I remember it was in 2005 or 2006 that soldiers went on rampage in Barracks area of Surulere and set ablaze the Area C Police Command and we just managed to finish completion and equipping that building”. The Governor was joined at the briefing by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Raji and his counterpart on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello.
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