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Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola Gets N30,000 Reward for Arresting Military Officer Driving on BRT Lane | Signs Road Traffic Bill



The buzz surrounding the arrest of two military officers for driving on the dedicated lane for Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) has evidently not died down.

On July 17, 2012, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola received praise for stopping his convoy to accost two military officers who were driving on the BRT lane at the Outer Marina in Central Lagos.

Still in the wake of that news, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has said that Governor Fashola will receive N30,000 from the agency for stopping soldiers driving on the dedicated BRT lane.

Mr. Mike Omeri, Director General of the agency told PM News that Fashola had shown courage by stopping the soldiers on the lane meant only for the BRT bus.

He added that every Nigerian that did a good including Fashola would be honoured by the agency.

The agency also gave a $200 reward to a taxi driver who found and returned $120,000 forgotten in his car by a passanger.

Similarly, Governor Fashola has signed the new Lagos Traffic Bill into law yesterday. According to Daily Times, the law prohibits eating, counting money, making phone calls and engaging in other dangerous activities while driving.

The provision prescribes a fine of N30,000 for violators.

The law also compels commercial bus drivers and their conductors to wear identification tags, while property owners are to report cases of abandoned vehicles in their vicinity or risk punishment.

Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) are empowered to administer breathalysers on drivers to detect their drunkenness, while owners of commercial vehicles are compelled to obtain operating licences from government.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. mlink

    August 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Pls send d N30,000 to the woman who needs an operation for breast NTA for details.wot kind of senseless waste of money is that???Given 30k to a man who makes more than 2M a day from all his numerous agencies,toll gates,land use charge,etc.God help dis country

  2. olukanni kehinde

    August 3, 2012 at 11:48 am

    nice job by gov Fashola

  3. Traditionalbay

    August 3, 2012 at 11:54 am

    30k means nothing to Fashola. it is just to appreciate him. haba! it could be anybody – SEE the courage in what he did.

  4. @ajiriavae

    August 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

    If there is a prize to be given, then you give it. I doubt if he will actually take it but if there is a prize to be given then it will be discrimination not to give it to a deserving person because he is rich.
    Anyway, Lagos is gradually becoming too hot for lawless people. It’s all good. What we need now is to manage the Okada menace.

  5. Tobechi Daniel

    August 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    A reward for what? Doing his job. This is the reason for corruption in Nigeria. Nothing is accounted for. Where exactly will the 30,000 reward money come from? If the Governor, can get it, so should everyone else which in turn keeps people in check, as they monitor each other and try to get the reward money. But that is also going to create more problems. A recognition should have sufficed!

  6. Chattyzee

    August 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I think it’s a nice gesture. Fashola did well and he was recognized. Don’t see any problem with that.

  7. pretty One

    August 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    i think this is not a question of weather the money means any thing to him or not,
    but the significance of his actions, u know it could have been anybody other than him. this will go along way in encouraging other Nigerians in standing up for the right thing

  8. Ndianabasi Udonkang

    August 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I’m just amused by some of the comments. It is better to reward a man for doing good than to reprimand him for doing evil. Moreover, a man like Gov. Fashola will just dash the money to the nearest and lucky needy he finds. Ekuise Fashola. Etang Ekak Lagos Ado OK!

  9. kingskaka

    August 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Congrate, my able Governor, is only when u work that u wil eat. how many of our governors has done what he does even if is 1kobe.

  10. olibenu

    August 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    let’s see. fashola sends an aide to collect the money. aide goes with a driver in an suv (buy fuel enroute). aide perhaps ‘buys pure water’ for policemen, security guards and the bursary clerk at noa. is the money still left?
    on return trip…

  11. Monday

    August 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Fashola got it wrong.The military who sacrifice their lives 2 defend our nation deserve some respect.Its same military u wil want 2 kal on 2 defend ur democracy,haba.I tink our politicians shud begin 2 tink rite n respect d military.

    • O

      August 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      ur response amazes mi….. so cos its d military, does dat make dem above the law????……it is only in naija u see police and army guys drinking alcohol and behaving anyhow while in uniform and on duty and its ok.. the military is not above the law. do dey have 2 heads?. dey should uphold the law not break it abeg…..i wonder when nigeria will get better if ppl still hold this kind of views

    • Engr Amutah

      August 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      You dont your nation by first breaking the rules of your nation

    • Iris

      August 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Are you for real?! If the military is as honourable as you say they should be the ones setting examples by NOT driving in the BRT lane! Respect is EARNED! I cannot believe I actually had to type that last sentence in order to enlighten a human being who is old enough to comment on a blog. Please tell Me you were half drunk when you made this comment! *shakes head in utter amazement*

    • Me2me

      August 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Monday, like 4 reals, y am I even surprised, your name is monday and dis post na friday, u probably are clueless on other days aside from monday

    • Sunmisola

      November 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      There4, every public and civil servants, athletes e.t.c, ssrving their countries in different capacities should go lawless , or you think they are not ‘defending’ our country? ‘think the NOA (National orientation agency) needs to specially sponsor you on a re-orientaion course! the investment would have been well worth it.

  12. christy

    August 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    How can somebody forget that huge amount of money??na me sin pass,why should even return it,am sure if he need d money dearly,he would by no mean forgotten it,and to think that he was rewarded by National orientation agency and not by d passenger annoyed me more!

  13. ArabianPrincess

    August 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    @Monday, are U saying cuz the Military defends the nation (which i gues is their primary job) makes them bigger than the law. My dear, think before U type….ok! Fashola, well done!

  14. deji

    August 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    At all at all na in bad past, u the best Governor i have never see in this country. Keep doing well God will reward u.

  15. Olu Solomon

    August 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Fashola got away with it cos he is a governor, how many ordinary traffic warden can stop a superior officer talk more a military, pls enough of the bragado, yes we commend fashola for the good work in lagos, simple. In Nigeria we have law but no order.

  16. Nigeria Hypocrisy

    August 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Rule of law…simple

  17. Dabliz

    August 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    respect which military? Is anyone ABOVE the Law? He did awesome evryone in d state wil take not and respect d laws put in place weda military, civilian or politician……. Good Governor Fashola!

  18. Justus

    August 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    @ Monday…… Its only in Nigeria that the military flout the law and they expect us to respect them. Its only here that the military mount chechpoints on our highway and collect kobo kobo from us using their guns and they expect to be respected. The authorities had better introduce civic education into their training curriculum, to reduce the level ignorance in the rank and file of the military.

  19. Nehy

    August 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Fashola has done well.. Bt God’ll nt reward him again cos National Orientation Agency has already rewarded him!

  20. Nehy

    August 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Fashola has done well.. Bt God’ll nt reward him again cos National Orientation Agency has already rewarded him

  21. Naveah

    August 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    He get N30,000 for doing something isn’t in the least bit exceptional? This is how money is wasted in Nigeria, isn’t that part of his job, to GOVERN which means if he sees a citizen doing something wrong, he should right it? What is special about that? I bet you he will keep the money too, no be Naija? Mtchewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    • Me2me

      August 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Shat ap. He is a governor not a law enforcer . He did it himself to be sure they paid for their crime. Do you guys ever read

  22. Tosan

    August 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Yeah he did well, but in my opinion the monetary reward was unnecessary. He was only able to stop the military officers because of his status. Yeah he should be commended but….*shrugs*

  23. Princess of Zion

    August 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    They are really cracking down on driving regulations; which is great! I’m sure he will donate the N30,000 to someone who needs it! Kudos to the driver who returned ÂŁ120,000, that is an honest man who deserves a huge reward!

  24. angelspy

    August 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Why people always write ‘congrate’ instead of ‘congrats’ mehnnn i just cant deal!!! These two dont sound alike in any way at all..haba!!!

  25. oye

    August 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Fasola did well, but more is demanded from U, the roads are very bad, these roads are dead trip, IPAJA road should be look into,if you can do a surprise check to the council, you will know that the chairmen are useless, they are interested in keeping the money given to them to repair the roads, this needs to be look into, if you do this the suffering of the people will reduce, God will hear the cry of that nation.

  26. babatunde awojobi

    November 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I salute my sake d governor of our dearest state of center of excellence ,for his Action in arresting d millitary Officer. Dat violated traffic offence @ marina .your excellency do not compromise with baba iyabo whose vehicle also commited same offence dat led to forceful arrest of brt buses By baba iyabo men In khaki. Baba iyabo by dis act does not demonstrate d spirit of leadership by example, by going against d law dat govern traffic offences in lagos.he must pay d specified fine dat atract d offence committed befre these vehichle are release and public appology .if he keep arestin them , then he should no dat he is putting d passanger on those route in pain and must b charged to court . Kudos to u my sake!!!!! And more power to your elbow.

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