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Probe resumes after soldiers burnt Lagos buses

22 July 2014, 11:49Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Lagos State has established a tribunal of enquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding last month's burning of several rapid transport system by suspected military officers.

Members of the tribunal are Justice Ebenezer Adebajo (Rtd) Chairman, Nurudeen Ogbara and Jude Igbanoi who are both legal practitioners are members while Oluwadamilola Kesington is the Secretary.

Inuagurating the probe panel, Governor Babatunde Fashola said  that it was deeply regrettable that the incident led to the loss of the life of a soldier and also led to loss of properties in the aftermath.

He tasked the tribunal to inquire why the military officer died and and circumstances around his death, as well as investigate what could have been done to avoid the accident and loss of property.

Fashola described the Nigeria Army as a symbol of strength that has helped in many conflict regions in Africa with their intervention being felt in areas like former Rhodesia Zimbabwe, Liberia and Sierra Leone among others.

"It is however regrettable that at the home front, some members of the army institution have diminished the institution’s reputation."

Rampaging soldiers, who were protesting the death of their colleague who was crushed by one of the buses, allegedly set about five buses on fire.

The governor said he had received representation from the Army authorities over the incident as well as the bus owners and would also forward the contents of the representation to the Tribunal as part of its investigations.

He expressed the optimism that the tribunal would be able to conclude its assignment within the 60 days set aside for that job by the state government.

- CAJ News


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