Metro 'No Soldier was Hit by BRT Bus,Corpse was Discovered in Broken Down Bus' -LAGBUS,BRT



BRT has issued a statement claiming that no soldier was hit by any one of its buses.

Announcing the withdrawal of BRT buses from the streets of Lagos, Head of Operations of BRT, Mr Johnson Oguntade, told newsmen that the deceased soldier was not hit by a BRT vehicle.

Also LAGBUS Asset Management Ltd, operators of LAGBUS, have issued a statement claiming that no soldier was hit by any BRT bus.

Narrating the incident that led to the burning of BRT buses,Mr Abiodun Apata, Project Manager, Mutual Model Transports, one of the LAGBUS Franchises, said, "By 10p.m. last night (Thursday), one of our buses broke down at Onipanu; by 11p.m., a rescue team with a van went to the scene to tow the bus. Unfortunately, `area boys’ started stoning our team which made our men to leave. Meanwhile, the driver put on hazard lights and C- Caution to alert motorists of the breakdown.

"By 5a.m. this morning, before the rescue team got to the scene, a corpse had been deposited in our bus and a motorcycle parked behind it. When we saw it, we reported the case to the Pedro Police Station, Somolu, but before we got back to the scene, soldiers had burnt down five BRT buses and one belonging to LAGBUS.

"I do not still understand why we are suffering for what we never caused. Why they are burning our buses is not known", Oguntade said.

LAGBUS has also withdrawn its vehicles from Lagos roads following he burning of some of its buses by aggrieved persons.

The buses were allegedly attacked by soldiers, who were protesting the killing of an army corporal.

The withdrawal of the luxury buses left thousands of commuters stranded and crippled commercial activities on Ikorodu road on Friday. The developments also resulted in traffic gridlock. Some of the vehicles set ablaze had been towed, while the others are still at the scene as at the time of this report.Commercial bus operators exploited the situation to increase fares by about 50 per cent.