By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) Alhaji Najeem Yasin on Monday asked members of the union to comply with the proscription order slammed on the union and its activities in and across Oyo state by Governor Seyi Makinde last Friday.
Alhaji Yasin stated this in a press release he issued from Saudi Arabia, where he is currently observing Umrah (lesser hajj), to mark the end of this year’s Ramadan.
The NURTW President in the statement emphasized that the ban imposed on the union’s activities in Oyo state still stand and that a window of appeal would soon be opened with Governor Makinde on the way out concerning the proscription order.
According to the NURTW President,the National Executive Council of the union would soon meet with Governor Makinde on the matter
Alhaji Yasin however cautioned all NURTW members in Oyo state against engaging in acting contrary to the proscription order by the governor, but be law-abiding.
The NURTW President then urged
members of the union across Oyo state to allow peace to reign, saying. the union “is known for supporting any government in power and that of Oyo state will not be an exception.”
While congratulating Engineer Makinde on his recent swearing in as Oyo state Governor, the NURTW President promised the loyalty of all members of the union to his administration in the State.
Following the proscription order, the Oyo state police command on Monday paraded 29 members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW)were arrested and paraded for flouting the order as well as disrupting public peace.
The state Police Commissioner, CP Shina Olukolu while parading the NURTW members, said a team of policemen detailed at the entrance of Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, arrested 14 of the suspects with dangerous weapons, during the inauguration of Governor Makinde
He gave names of the arrested NURTW members as Oladimeji Opeyemi, who was arrested with one double barrel gun with 4 live cartridges; Monsuru Oladejo, who was arrested with one single barrel gun with one cartridge; Abdulahi Kasali, arrested with one live cartridge; Yusuf Rasheed, arrested with charms and Indian hemp; Olusola Akintomo, arrested with sharp cutlass and criminal charms; Opeyemi Balogun, arrested with charms, Johnson Akanji; Kabiru Afolabi; Lukman Mukaila, arrested with charms; Ridwan Rasaq, arrested with one sharp knife; Samuel Taiwo; Taoreed Suleiman, arrested with charms; Sodiq Sarafa, arrested with one sharp knife; and Mutiu Rasheed, arrested with one pump action.
CP Olukolu added that the arrested hoodlums came to the venue of the inauguration with the aim of using the arms recovered from them to cause mayhem at the venue.
Speaking further, CP Olukolu said also, another 15 members of the Oyo NURTW were arrested following a compliant by one Dauda Adisa, who reported to the police that he was attacked along with the state Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Abideen Ejiogbe, on their way from Liberty Stadium to the Orita Challenge park.
The police boss said Adisa reported that “on getting to the said office, they saw two Micra taxis, three buses and a Previa car loaded with hoodlums who shot into the air and use cutlasses; hence, in the process few members of the union sustained open injuries”. adding that those arrested in connection with the fracas are Musibau Lasisi, 57; Tirimisiyu Adegoke, 42; Taye Oguntade, 42; Babatunde Rasheed, 37; Adesina Ajayi, 30; Adisa Ganiyu, 29; Taoreed Ajiboro, 42; Suraju Adepoju, 47; Sodiq Adeyemo, 21 Akanji Named, 27; Ajobo Ademola, 43; Muritala Rodwan, 30; Anthony Igwe, 30; KAZEEM Adio, 20; and Tajudeen Alagbe, 62.
According to the CP. the arrested 15 NURTW members made failed attempt to extend the violent disturbance of public peace to Idi Arere, Beers, Orita Aperin, Muslim, Iwo Road, and Eruwa motor parks, all within Ibadan metropolis.
It will be recalled that Governor Makinde had last week Friday proscribed the activities of NURTW in Oyo state following alleged security breaches and violence unleashed in some motor parks by rival union members.