NURTW Crisis: Lagos CP Meets MC Oluomo And Istijabah, Reads Riot Act

A file photo of Mr Musiliu Akinsanya.

 

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Abiodun Alabi, has met with two factional transport leaders in the state –  Musiliu Akinsanya popularly called MC Oluomo; and Azeez Abiola, aka Istijabah.

The meeting was confirmed in a statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin.

He said the CP warned that anyone person found causing trouble anywhere within the state would be arrested and made to face the law.

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“The warning has become imperative following incessant clashes, fracas and malicious damage to the property recently experienced in some parts of Lagos State mostly linked to the issues surrounding the management of motor parks within the state,” the statement partly read.

According to the police spokesman, Alabi separately met MC Oluomo and Istijabah in his office where “he admonished them to prevail on their teeming followers to act within the confines of the law, is poised to ensure the security currently being enjoyed in Lagos State remains intact”.

“In line with this stance, all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and tactical commanders have been directed to deal decisively with anyone found instigating or causing a breach of peace within their respective areas of responsibility,” the statement added.

This is even as the police boss assured Lagosians to go about their lawful duties without fear of harassment or intimidation.

MC Oluomo, formerly Lagos NURTW Chairman, has been in a  conflict with Istijabah, the state chairman of the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria, an affiliate union of NURTW.

MC Oluomo Appointed As Chairman Of Lagos Parks Management Committee

A file photo of Mr Musiliu Akinsanya.

 

Mr Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as Mc Oluomo, has been appointed as Chairman of the Lagos Parks Management Committee.

The committee is expected to oversee the affairs of all motor parks and garages in the state.

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, the move is “in fulfillment of the Government’s promise to ensure that events in the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) are not allowed to threaten law and order.

READ ALSO: 10 Injured As Two NURTW Factions Clash In Ondo

“The Government has, therefore, exercised its constitutional powers to ensure that no vacuum, which can disrupt the peace of our dear state, is allowed to exist in the parks. This is a duty we owe all Lagosians and visitors.”

Other members of the committee include former Police Commissioner in Lagos, Mr Hakeem Odumosu.

Members are to report to the Ministry of Transportation, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.

The Government on March 10 had suspended NURTW operations in all parks and garages, following the tension sparked by some events in the union.

On Wednesday the national leadership of the NURTW had sacked MC Oluomo as the Chairman of its Lagos chapter.

The union also announced the dissolution of the administrative council of the Lagos chapter.

The NURTW in March had suspended MC Oluomo over alleged misconduct, insubordination and incitement.

 

See the full list of the committee members below:

1. Mr. Hakeem Odumosu (AIG Rtd) – Government Liaison Officer
2. Alh Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya – Chairman
3. Alh Sulyman B. Ojora – (Deputy Chairman )
4. Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam (Secretary)
5. Comrade Olayiwola Lemboye
6. Alh Mustapha Adekunle
7. Alh Ganiyu Shittu
8. Alh Mukaila Runsewe
9. Alh Sulyman Yusuf
10. Alh Mufutau Mutiu
11. Alh Yinka Hassan
12. Alh Sunday Ogunleye
13. Alh Moshood Omojowa
14. Alh Ismaila Aigoro
15. Alh Ibrahim Yusuf. O
16. Alh Akeem Tijani
17. Mrs Omolabake Adelakun
18. Comrade Kazeem Hassan
19. Alh Wasiu Amole
20. Alh Ganiyu Ayinde
21. Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye
22. John Victor Owolabi
23. Saburi Salami
24. Ibrahim Onitiju
25. Odusanya Gbenga

10 Injured As Two NURTW Factions Clash In Ondo

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

No fewer than 10 members of the Ondo State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have been injured during a clash between two factions of the union in Akure, the state capital.

The state government had suspended the union’s activities and subsequently inaugurated a 21-member State Motor Parks Management Committee led by a former state chairman of NURTW, Jacob Adebo.

Some aggrieved members of the union on Monday evening, numbering about 50 stormed the Ado Ekiti park in the state capital in some buses and went on a rampage across other parks in the area.

Armed with dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, bottles, and guns, the hoodlums stormed the popular Oba Adesida Road and other major streets in the city centre, causing panic among residents.

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While the violence continued, motorists and other road users scampered for safety with some shop owners swiftly closing up to avoid looting.

A faction of the union had protested the ban on NURTW by the state government and the imposition of the former state chairman to lead the committee to manage the parks in the state.

Those who sustained various degrees of injury during the violence were later taken to the hospital for treatment.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, Funmilayo Odunlami, said a team of security operatives has been deployed in the area to bring the situation under control and restored peace to the city.

She insisted that the police would not allow anyone to cause any crisis in the state, adding that the police were up to the task of providing adequate security to lives and property in the state.

NURTW Crisis Won’t Threaten Security, Lagos Govt Assures

Logo of Lagos State Government

 

 

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, has assured Lagosians that the crisis rocking the national and state council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) will not threaten security in the state.

Mr. Omotoso says a committee will be set up to handle the affairs of all parks so that law-abiding citizens can go about their daily activities without fear.

“NURTW operates in a sector that has relevance to everybody living in Lagos, which is transportation. However, they are just a union of artisans and the likes, but not a force that cannot be controlled by the government,” the commissioner said.

“I want to allay the fear of citizens as the Government will set up a committee comprising stakeholders in the sector, who will take over the running of the motor parks and garages”.

Describing the “excesses” of the NURTW, the Commissioner said the government suspended their operation to avert a crisis that may arise from the disagreement between the national body and the local chapter. Security agencies have been detailed to maintain peace, he added.

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“Let me also debunk the erroneous story being circulated on the social media about the union fighting back. I want to advise that our people should learn to take their information from credible sources to avoid misinformation,” Omotoso said.

Omotoso, again, reassured Lagosians that the government is on top of the security of its citizens at motor parks as the activities of the NURTW remain suspended.

On the slain 22-year old lady, Bamishe, who disappeared after riding a BRT bus and was later found dead, the Commissioner said the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu personally commiserated with the family and promised that justice will be done in the “unfortunate’’ matter.

He noted that the “BRT buses are still very safe. Since the deployment of the cowry card in 2020, the buses have ferried over 40 million passengers. This is the first time this has happened and it is regrettable.

“The imported buses have cameras while the ones bought from local manufacturers do not have. However, the unfortunate incident has put the government on its toes to ensure that cameras are installed in the latter”.

Police Warn NURTW Members Against Planned Protest In Lagos

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force is seen on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV.

 

Authorities of the Lagos State Police Command have warned members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) against any planned protest in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Abiodun Alabi, gave the warning on Tuesday, saying the police will not condone any form of protest by any group.

He, however, assured residents of the state that the police have put additional security measures in place to forestall any breakdown of law and order in any part of the state.

Alabi gave the warning against the backdrop of an intending protest by members of the Lagos State chapter of NURTW following the crisis within the union.

READ ALSO: Lagos Govt Suspends NURTW From Parks, Garages

The leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers Union (NURTW) had suspended the union’s chairman in Lagos, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, indefinitely.

MC Oluomo’s suspension by the national body of the union was announced in a letter dated March 9, 2022, and signed by NURTW General Secretary, Kabiru Yau.

He was accused of acts of insubordination and gross misconduct, as well as plotting to instigate crisis and unleash mayhem on branches of the union in Lagos that refuse to obey his alleged directive not to take orders from NURTW national headquarters.

In a bid to ensure the safety of residents, the Lagos State government suspended the activities of NURTW in all parks and garages across the state.

Hours after the suspension of the union’s activities in Lagos, a senior official of the national body of NURTW, who preferred not to be mentioned, told Channels Television that maturity was the order of the day in the crisis that has lasted a few months within the union.

For every organisation, he explained, there are rules and regulations, and it is inappropriate for any member to feel he is bigger than the union.

Lagos Govt Suspends NURTW From Parks, Garages

A file photo of a bus park in Lagos.

 

The Lagos State government has suspended the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers Union (NURTW) across the state.

In a statement on Friday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos, Gbenga Omotoso, the government directed officials of the union to stay away from all parks and garages.

According to him, the government has been watching closely events in the union amid the claims and counter-claims over the control of NURTW.

“The government has a duty to ensure the safety of lives and property of all Lagosians and visitors,” Omotoso said. “Therefore, there is an urgent need to douse the unnecessary tension generated by the leadership tussle in the NURTW and protect the citizenry from the likely fallout of the situation.

“After considering the provisions of the law, the government hereby suspends the activities of NURTW, which must cease to operate in all parks and garages in Lagos State.

“The government will set up a committee to immediately take control of the parks and garages. Members of the committee will be key stakeholders in the sector.”

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Omotoso explained that the government’s position was premised on its responsibility to ensure that there was no breakdown of law and order in all parks and garages in the state.

A file photo of Mr Musiliu Akinsanya.

 

The government’s action is the latest in the series of events trailing the indefinite suspension of the NURTW Chairman in Lagos, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo.

MC Oluomo’s suspension by the national body of the union was announced in a letter dated March 9, 2022, and signed by NURTW General Secretary, Kabiru Yau.

He was accused of acts of insubordination and gross misconduct, as well as plotting to instigate crisis and unleash mayhem on branches of the union in Lagos that refuse to obey his alleged directive not to take orders from NURTW national headquarters.

The suspension, Yau had explained, was in line with Article 42 section 5, subsection I, II, III, IV, V, and VIII of NURTW’s Constitution.

NURTW Suspends MC Oluomo Indefinitely

File photo Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo

 

The National Union of Road Transport Workers has suspended its Lagos State chapter’s Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, indefinitely.

The suspension of Akinsanya was contained in a letter signed by Kabiru Yau, general secretary of the national body, and dated March 9, 2022.

According to the letter, the Lagos NURTW leader was accused of planning to instigate mayhem in the union branches that fail to obey his instructions.

The NURTW national body also said MC Oluomo should hand over the leadership of the Lagos chapter to his deputy.

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“This is to convey to you that in line with Article 42 section 5, subsection I, II, III, IV, V, and VIII of the union’s constitution, you have been placed on indefinite suspension from office as State Chairman of Lagos State Council of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) with effect from March 9th, 2021.

“Your suspension is the sequel to sustained acts of insubordination and gross misconduct coupled with your clandestine plans to instigate crisis and unleash mayhem on any branch or branches of the union in Lagos state that refuses to obey your order or instructions not to accept directives from the national headquarters of the Union.

“Your orchestrated plan to attack branches that may disobey your orders aforesaid will ultimately endanger public peace and order in Lagos state. It is also very likely to threaten and/or affect the lives and property of the peace-loving people of Lagos state, particularly those doing their legitimate businesses within motor parks, hence the urgent need to take drastic actions against him.

“It is on record that you were earlier issued with queries on 25th of February 2022 and 3rd of March, 2022 respectively in which you were directed to explain the circumstances surrounding your untoward actions and to also show cause why disciplinary actions should not be taken against you for such acts of insubordination,” the statement read.

Lagos CP Orders Security Beef Up Following MC Oluomo’s Suspension

File photo of security operatives in Lagos State.

 

The Lagos State commissioner of police, Abiodun Alabi, has directed all area commanders and Divisional Police Officers to beef up security and maintain visibility in their area of coverage.

This is coming on the heels of the indefinite suspension of the Lagos State Chapter Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW)  Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, over alleged misconduct, insubordination, and inciting members of the state chapter against the apex body.

The state police boss in an interview with Channels Television on Thursday said a directive has been given on the deployment and patrol of all motor parks across the country.

He assured Lagos residents of adequate security of life and property.

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Chairman was suspended earlier today, and the police boss said their move was necessary to curb any form of violence that may arise.

The Transport Union also directed MC Oluomo to immediately hand over the mantle of leadership to his deputy chairman and release all property belonging to the body in his possession to State Secretary, in a bid to avoid any leadership vacuum in the state.

Police Arrest Traffic Robbers In Lagos

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force

 

 

Officers of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested three traffic robbers at Ikeja City Mall while three others were arrested by the police with the help of members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mile 2 park.

Four of the suspects, Segun Peters (22), Kabiru Odeh (25), Nurudeen Suraj (22), and Dennis Ikuvbogie (24) were arrested at Mile 2 while robbing road users in traffic.

Other suspects, Anifowoshe Kolawole (20), Patrick Ameke (21), and John Britto (27) were picked up around Ikeja City Mall based on complaints on their illicit activities around the area.

The Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, had on a tip-off on the activities of traffic robbers in Mile 2, deployed plain cloth policemen to the area to monitor and arrest the suspects.

One of the suspects, Nurudeen Suraj was arrested a week ago and detained at Agboju Police Station. He explained that he was released from prison two months ago while those arrested in Ikeja were selectively picked up after a petition initiated by the management of Ikeja City Mall on reported incidences of traffic robbery in the area.

The suspects, who were placed under close monitoring before their arrest on most occasions, pretend to be beggars and nose mask vendors. They used the ploy to rob motorists and pedestrians visiting the complex.

The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, commended the civilians who provided the intelligence to the police as well as those who assisted the police in arresting the suspects, stressing that, communities would become safer if people cooperate with the police in crime-fighting.

 

NURTW Chairman Arrested For Drug Trafficking In Ondo

 

Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Babatunde Babade, has been arrested for trafficking illicit drugs.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, said the transport union leader was arrested along with two others – Ilesanmi Shola and Babajide Johnson.

He was caught with 52.5 kilograms of skunk in Akure, the Ondo state capital following intelligence that he was conveying bags of the banned drug in his 1997 model blue Mazda car with registration number: Ekiti JER194 AE from Akure to Ekiti state.

Babade, popularly called BB, was taken into custody along with the two others soon after his arrest at about 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 18, for interrogation.
In his statement, he admitted to owning the vehicle used for conveying the drugs.

He further explained that the car had been intercepted earlier by some security agents who detained the two other suspects, his car and eight bags containing cannabis sativa while his brother who drove the vehicle fled.

He, however, claimed that following his intervention, the security agents released the suspects and his car to him after taking two of the eight bags containing the drugs as well as the sum of N60, 000 from him, before he later ran into NDLEA officers while on his way back to Ekiti.

Meanwhile, officers of the Benue State command of the Agency have intercepted another suspected interstate drug trafficker, Odinaka Ugwuanyi along Apir road, Makurdi with 124,000 tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol-5, all weighing 22.55 kilograms.

The suspect arrested at about 8:00 am on Saturday July 17, in a commercial vehicle, said he was from Nsukka local government area of Enugu State.

He, however, claimed another passenger who sat next to him in the vehicle dropped the bag containing the drugs with him and fled upon sighting NDLEA officers.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the efforts of the commanders, officers and men of the agency.
He also charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.

NURTW Vice-Chairman Shot Dead In Lagos

A file photo of a man carrying a gun.

 

The Vice-Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Samuel Kayode, popularly known as Ekpo Kinkin, has been killed at the Agboju area of Lagos State.

Ekpo who was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress was at a rally organised by the party at Oriade Local Development Area when the gunmen invaded the rally on Thursday and shot him dead.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Eyewitnesses said a gunshot was heard from the crowd outside while the meeting was on, forcing residents involved at the rally to scamper to safety.

When those inside the hall rushed to the scene, Kayode was found in the pool of his blood.

However, NURTW in Lagos State confirmed the incident to The Punch, noting that the deceased was trying to protect a fellow politician when he was killed.

“He was protecting a fellow politician, Wale Yusuf, from harassment when the gunmen shot him dead,” said Jimoh Buhari, the spokesman for the NURTW Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya.

 

Two Feared Killed As Ondo NURTW Members Clash

 

Two persons were feared killed on Tuesday following a clash between two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Akure, Ondo State capital.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the clash which started around 8 a.m was bloody, with some persons matcheted and about two persons feared dead.

The witness added that the commercial drivers were armed with dangerous weapons and attacked themselves.

Vehicles were vandalised in the clash while traders, commuters as well as pedestrians scamper for safety.

 

The Ondo State government had earlier on Monday, last week, suspended the activities of the Road Transport Employers (RTEAN), and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Special Duties, Doyin Odebowale made the announcement noting that the suspension of drivers union operations in the state.

This decision by the government according to Odebowale was to allow the unions to meet and settle their differences, thereby preventing violent clashes among them.

The Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the clash to Channels Television.

Ikoro, however, notes that there’s no confirmation that anyone died during the clash, adding that police detachment has been drafted to the troubled spots to restore peace.

Meanwhile, The PPRO says no arrest has been made in connection with the violent clash.