BRT Bus Violence: Military Appears Before Tribunal

BRT Bus Violence: Military Appears Before Tribunal

By News Desk | The Trent on September 19, 2014
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The military on Thursday, September 18, 2014 appeared before an inquiry tribunal set up to investigate the events of Friday, July 4, 2014 at Palmgrove bustop, along Ikorodu road in Lagos requesting to recall three witnesses who had testified before it earlier, a Vanguard report shows.

This comes two days into the inaugural sitting of the tribunal, which had raised concern that the military might boycott the panel.

The Lagos state government inaugurated the tribunal to investigate the cause of the crisis which led to the vandalism of the state-owned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles, allegedly perpetrated by soldiers and to proffer a solution.

The tribunal granted permission to the Nigerian army to recall three witnesses: Razak Mustapha, Ikechukwu Umeaku and Dapo Adediran who are all employees of Mutual Model Transport Ltd., sub-operator of the LAGBUS whose presence for cross examination was requested by the army legal team, led by Lt. Col Hycinth Ande.

The witnesses had earlier appeared before the Justice Ebenezer Adebajo-chaired panel on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 and Wednesday, September 17, 2014, giving accounts of how their buses were vandalized, allegedly by soldiers, who were protesting the death of a colleague who was reportedly killed by a BRT vehicle.

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