Soldier dismissed for driving on BRT lane

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Following last Thursday’s incident in which policemen and soldiers were involved in a brawl after a lance corporal contravened a traffic law by passing the lane designated for Bus Rapid Transit buses at Obanikoro end of Ikorodu Road , the Nigerian Army on Monday dismissed the errant soldier, Sunday Ayodeji.

The General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Maj.–Gen. Kenneth Minimah, said Ayodeji with recruitment No. 99NA /48/2627 of the 940 Regiment Workshops, had been dismissed for violation of civil law, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“The dismissal of this soldier will serve as a warning to others. Military personnel must be warned that their insubordination of civil law will attract punitive measures like dismissal,” he said.

Minimah reiterated the military’s subordinate status to civil rule and emphasised that “the institution’s constitution demanded uttermost loyalty to civil law.”

“The Nigerian Army is sworn to obey both civil and military laws, and any of its officer that contravenes them will be dealt with,’’ he said.

The GOC told newsmen that the dismissed soldier had been ‘de-kitted’ according to the regiment’s routine and would be handed over to the appropriate authorities for further prosecution.

He warned soldiers to desist from soiling the image of the force, adding that, “although the institution is a human organisation and soldiers are human beings, it will not condone negative tendencies.”

“In spite of our imperfections, we will continue to re-orientate our officers to entrench good civil-military relations in the country,” he said

He appealed to the media to assist in exposing any military personnel found wanting in line with military ethics.

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