Angry soldiers have beaten up an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) for taking photo shots of them allegedly violating the BRT Lane on Ikorodu Road, Lagos, Nigeria.
This came as the state government issued a warning to the military officers for running foul of the BRT Law.
The military men were reported to have pounced on the LASTMA official, Peter Owolabi, for attempting to take photographs of their black Honda Accord car with number registration CP 839 YAB which allegedly violated the BRT laws at Obanikoro bus stop on Ikorodu road.
The soldiers were said to have been stopped while a routine exercise to prohibit illegal use of BRT corridor by other motorists was being carried out.
It was learnt that tickets were given out to the violators in compliance with the new approach of the agency which involves booking offenders on the spot and allowing them to continue with their journey without their vehicle being impounded.
However, unlike their civilian counterparts, the military men rejected the tickets and instead obstructed movement of other vehicles exiting the corridor and in the process caused pandemonium and created an ugly scene.
LASTMA General Manager, Bashir Braimah, who led the officials in the joint enforcement of the BRT regulations, berated the act of indiscipline allegedly exhibited by the Nigerian Military as they violated the BRT laws with impunity.
He said, “They should be the custodians of law but regrettably, they are working against the law. The law is no respecter of anybody and the road traffic law must be obeyed in order to ensure the safety of lives and property.”