Lagos: Falana vows to ensure soldier arrested for violating traffic is prosecuted


Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has vowed to ensure that
the soldier who was arrested by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
over road traffic offence is prosecuted.


Recall that on Tuesday that Sanwo-Olu arrested some
men on motorbikes plying one-way along Lagos-Badagry Expressway.


The governor was on his way to the inauguration of the Femi
Gbajabiamila Conference Centre at Ojo campus of the Lagos State University,
LASU, when the incident occurred on Tuesday.


One of the offenders might have thought he would be freed
when he identified himself as a soldier, but the governor ordered the security
men to lock him up for that reason.


While being taken away by security operatives, Sanwo-Olu
said; “Put him there, let your father come and rescue you.”


And Falana, who appeared on Channels Television on
Wednesday, noted that men of the armed forces in the country often see
themselves as above the law.


“In our country, men of the armed forces believe, as if
we’re still under the military dictatorship, that they’re above the law,” he


“We’re even lucky there was no unfortunate incident. Last
year August, some policemen were controlling the traffic around Ojo and because
vehicles were stopped, soldiers came from one of the vehicles and pounced on
one of the police officers and an inspector was killed in the process.


“Others were injured and detained in the barrack. Even to
release the soldiers for investigation was problematic.


“It was the same thing in the case of Wadume, where a
captain led soldiers to attack three policemen and killed them who had come to
arrest a very dangerous criminal and what happened?


“Soldiers were even charged but a former Attorney-General
Malami withdrew the case from the court that the soldiers will try them. These
guys have been promoted.


“So, we must run a country where there is rule of law and
there must be equality before the law and I’m going to ensure that we get the
human rights community to pressurise the Lagos State Government to have that
soldier tried.”


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