Army arrests soldier who criticised Sanwo-Olu in viral video

The Chief of Army Staff, Taoreed Lagbaja, has said that a soldier who criticised Governor Babajide San-Olu of Lagos state in a viral video has been arrested.

He emphasized that the conduct of the soldier caught driving against traffic does not represent the entire Nigerian Army.

He further disclosed that many viral videos showing soldiers criticizing the Lagos state governor were fake, clarifying that only one authentic video was investigated, and the unidentified soldier involved had been apprehended.


The COAS also said that the Army has taken steps to instruct soldiers on how to behave in the different localities they are deployed.

Sanwo-Olu had on January 2, ordered the arrest of a soldier and some commercial motorcyclists (Okada riders) for driving against the traffic on the Lagos-Badagry expressway.

The governor gave the order while returning from the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo where he had gone to inaugurate a project sponsored by the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Sanwo-Olu was later criticized by a soldier in a video for ordering the arrest of his colleague and three other motorcycle riders for riding against the flow of traffic on the Lagos-Badagry expressway.

The unidentified soldier criticized Sanwo-Olu for labeling a soldier “useless” in front of “bastard civilians.”

The soldier appeared to be defending his colleague in a widely shared video on Thursday, January 4.


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