Abuja - The Nigerian Army on Thursday in Lagos said it would continue to ensure a cordial relationship with civilians in the state.
Lt. Col. Omale Ochaguba, the
spokesman, 81 Div. Nigerian Army, said this
against the backdrop of the recent attack on Lagos State
Government-owned luxury buses by soldiers.
NAN reports that crisis erupted after
the death of a Corporal from Army Education Corps, Lagos, who was
knocked down when he was allegedly riding on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
lane on his power bike on July 4.
Ochaguba said that the army would not compromise civil -military relationship in the state.
"Military has no bad relationship
with civilians, we are committed to protecting the lives and properties
of civilians, we are not anti civilians,’’ he said.
According to him, the soldiers are
meant to protect the safety of the civilians and also assist other
security agents in maintaining peace in the state.
He noted that the recent alleged destruction of BRT and LAG luxury buses were not carried out by their men but by hoodlums.
:We ensure obedience to the rules and
laws in the state especially in adhering to the BRT lane instruction as
the soldier killed was not on the said lane,’’ he said.
He also said that the bus that hit the
soldier from the back had been towed to Ikeja Cantonment while further
investigations were ongoing.
Ochaguba added that the body of the late corporal had been deposited at 68 Army Reference hospital, Yaba.
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