*govt names Lamidi Auxillary PMS Chairman
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Police Command on Monday asked warring factional leaders of the proscribed National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in the state to stay away from motor parks or garages in and across Oyo State.
Already, Oyo State Government early Monday made good its decision to inaugurate Park Management Committee for motor parks in the state with the naming of a factional NURTW leader, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi as Chairman of the Committee.
Inaugurating the motor park managers in his office, Oyo State Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja tasked the managers to discharged their duties without any fear.
According to the Commissioner, the Committee is to have as its Chairman, a former National Union of Road Transport (NURTW), chairman in the state, Alhaji Lamidi Mukaila Auxillary, while the Secretary is Alhaji Tajudeen.
However, Oyo Police Command in a statement issued by its Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO ) , SP Lawrence Fadeyi warned that the Police will not hesitate to bring down the full weight of the law on such individuals or groups who attempts to test the collective will of the security agencies in Oyo State.
“The Police, as the lead agency in internal security, in synergy with all other sister security agencies will continue to carry out its constitutional responsibilities of the protection of lives and properties amongst others and will therefore not fold its arms and allow any disgruntled individuals or groups to take the laws into their hands and cause chaos or mayhem” it said..
In the statement, Oyo Police Command stressed, “the attention of the Commissioner of Police, CP Shina T. Olukolu have been drawn to an inciting trending video on social media on the threat to peace and security in Oyo State which featured the erstwhile chairman, Alh. Abideen Olajide a.k.a “Ejiogbe” and some other members of the proscribed NURTW in Oyo State”.
“The Commissioner of Police wishes to unequivocally and sternly warn all the warring factions of the proscribed union to maintain peace and sheath their swords and abstain from any action that is capable of threatening the peace and security being enjoyed by the peace loving good people of Oyo State.”.
In the statement, Oyo Police Command noted that the appointment of pack managers should therefore not be misrepresented as “it is simply a call to service and does not call for any form of celebrations or funfair neither should it be an excuse for an orchestrated agenda to foment lawlessness and disunity”.
While urging all ” the stakeholders, leaders and the entire peace loving good citizens of Oyo State to complement the efforts of the security agencies in the maintenance of law and order by prevailing on the proscribed members of the NURTW in Oyo State to desist from stoking/fanning the embers of chaos, lawlessness and disorder, that has the capacity to take the state back to the ancient destructive days of “Wetie”, the Command said “as the Police assisted by others strive to continue to provide adequate security both within and outside Ibadan metropolis, all aggrieved parties, are seriously warned to refrain from any act(s) or cause of action that may lead to the breakdown of laws and order, lawlessness, shedding of innocent blood, injuries or damages to properties”
“Consequently, all criminally minded hoodlums/ individuals or groups who are bent on causing mayhem are hereby warned to stay clear from the motor parks or garages in Oyo State as the Police will not hesitate to bring down the full weight of the law on such individuals or groups who attempts to test the collective will of the security agencies in Oyo State.”
It added, “the good citizens of Oyo State are however assured of their safety and advised to go about their lawful businesses in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility devoid of any molestation or threat whatsoever.”.