Police Arrest 26 NURTW Members In Oyo

Channels Television  
Updated June 5, 2019

 

Twenty-six members of the proscribed National Union Of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have been arrested by the police in Oyo State.

The commissioner of police in the state, Shina Olukolu disclosed this during a press briefing at the command headquarters in Ibadan the state capital.

Olukolu said the suspects were arrested while trying to forcefully take over motor parks at various parts of the state.

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He added that others were arrested at Liberty Stadium, the entrance of the venue of the inauguration of the state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

Some of these groups decided to test the capacity of the command; as a result, 26 of them were arrested for failed attempt to violently take over Motor Park in the state and at Liberty Stadium during the last inauguration, Olukolu said.

Motor parks where the suspects were arrested include New Garage, Challenge, Iwo Road, Muslim, and parts of Oyo town.

The police also arrested some armed robbery suspects, kidnappers and other suspected criminals.

The command further disclosed that from January till May this year, a total of 5,472 suspects were arrested for various offences, 3,052 charged to court, with 2,692 of those cases still awaiting trial.

Weapons such as guns with live cartridges, cutlasses, sharp knives, charms and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, were recovered from the suspects.

The Oyo State Government last week proscribed all activities of the NURTW until further notice.

Chief of Staff, Bisi Ilaka told journalists at the Governors office in Ibadan that the move is aimed at maintaining peace and order within the state.