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.

Ondo Govt Suspends Operations Of Road Transport Unions

File: Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

 

The Ondo State Government has suspended the operations of the National Union of Road transport workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in all the 18 local government areas of the state, with immediate effect.

The Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale disclosed this on Monday while addressing Government House correspondents in Akure, the state capital.

Dr Odebowale said the suspension of the transport unions was as a result of the recent leadership crisis within the unions.

The SSA directed leadership of both NURTW and RTEAN to vacate motor parks across the eighteen local government areas of the state, and also stop collecting money from taxi drivers and other motorists.

He also directed taxi drivers to revert to the old fare of fifty naira from the one hundred naira per drop being charged.

According to the governor’s aide, new tickets would be purchased directly from the state government.

Chaos As NURTW Factions Clash In Obalende

 

Gunshots were recorded this morning when rival factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) clashed within the Obalende axis of Lagos Island.

The fracas which started around 8 a.m saw several persons who were heading for work scampering for safety.

The clash also left some property including buses vandalized while pedestrian and vehicular movements were restricted in the area.

In a statement on Thursday, police authorities said its operatives were on to address the situation.

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Stay Away From Parks, Garages, Abiodun Warns NURTW Members

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Ogun State Government has warned the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and their operatives to stay away from all parks and garages in the state to avoid incurring the full wrath of the law.

The government says that the warning became necessary in view of intelligence reports by the security agencies that the union is planning to resume collection of dues and revenues on behalf of the government at the motor parks and garages in the state, against the existing decision of the government banning the activities of the NURTW in all the motor parks and garages in the State.

In a oress statement issued vy the state commissioner for information and strategy,Waheed Odusile the government maintained that following crisis in the leadership of the NURTW in the State that threatened security of lives and properties, particularly public transport in the State, the House of Assembly in June 2020 passed a resolution suspending the activities of the union in the State.

” The government subsequently banned the activities of the union in all motor parks and garages in the State.”, the statement said

“Security agencies have been given firm directive to arrest and prosecute any operative of the NURTW or indeed anyone, group or association that has not been approved by the government to act on its behalf that attempts to defy the decision of the government or test its resolve to maintain peace and security in all parts of the state, including the motor parks”

” Unlike what obtained in the past, this Administration has been methodical and deliberate in its approach to maintain peace at the motor parks as well as management of transport union activities, and will not allow anyone to undermine the prevailing peaceful environment”, the statement concluded.

Revenue Collection: Ogun Govt Bans NURTW Members From Parks, Garages

Abuja, sallah, motor park, passengers,

 

The Ogun State Government has warned the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and their operatives to stay away from all parks and garages in the state to avoid incurring the full wrath of the law.

The warning was made known in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Waheed Odusile, on Sunday.

According to Odusile, it became necessary in view of intelligence reports by the security agencies that the union was planning to resume collection of dues and revenues on behalf of the government at the motor parks and garages in the state.

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This is, however, against the existing decision of the government that bans the activities of the transport workers in all the motor parks and garages in the state.

It maintained that following crisis in the leadership of the NURTW in the State that threatened the security of lives and properties, particularly public transport in the State, the House of Assembly in June 2020 passed a resolution suspending the activities of the union.

“The government has banned the activities of the union in all motor parks and garages in the State,” the statement said.

“Security agencies have been given a firm directive to arrest and prosecute any operative of the NURTW or indeed anyone, group or association that has not been approved by the government to act on its behalf that attempts to defy the decision of the government or test its resolve to maintain peace and security in all parts of the state, including the motor parks”

“Unlike what obtained in the past, this administration has been methodical and deliberate in its approach to maintaining peace at the motor parks as well as management of transport union activities, and will not allow anyone to undermine the prevailing peaceful environment”.

Police Arrest 26 NURTW Members In Oyo

 

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.

Oyo Govt. Proscribes NURTW, Takes Over Motor Parks

 

The Oyo State Government has proscribed all activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) until further notice.

The Chief of Staff, Bisi Ilaka who briefed newsmen shortly after a meeting with security chiefs and government at the Governor’s office in Ibadan the state capital said the move is aimed at maintaining peace and order within the state.

“After today’s deliberation of the security stakeholders, in a meeting involving security chiefs and the government, we have resolved to proscribe the National Union of Road Transport Workers until further notice. All activities of the union remain illegal henceforth.”

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Ilaka urged all citizens of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation as adequate security has been charged to ensure no fracas ensues in any part of the state.

“We urge the people of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation as the combined security task force in every part of the state has been charged to take control and maintain peace and order.

“To this end, all parks in the state have been taken over by the state government with immediate effect.”

He clarified the dissolution of activities of the local government councils that the administration is following due process as the election which brought them to power initially was a fraud on illegality.

“There was a subsisting injunction prohibiting the holding of the purported election they held, so what they built the elections on was illegality, and we are trying to reverse the position and as a consequence, we dissolved them because it was illegal.

“They will say they ran to court and got an order, but that order was an arrangement to prevent us from doing what we have done”, he added.

INEC Signs MOU With Security Agencies, Transport Unions

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with stakeholders of the transport industry in Niger state, as part of efforts to ensure prompt delivery of electoral materials and staff of the commission during the 2019 general elections.

INEC signed the MOU with Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the national association of road transport owners in the state.

The MOU was signed after a meeting between the commission and the two unions as well as security operatives.

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The state’s resident electoral commissioner, professor Sam Egwu said INEC would ensure that its staff arrives all polling stations by 8:00am prompt to avoid situations where voters queue endlessly before materials and INEC officials arrive.

On their part, the leaders of the two union assured of their readiness to support the commission to achieve a smooth election process during the presidential and national assembly and during the governorship and house of assembly elections.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the police, Nigerian army, Nigerian airforce, customs service, Nigerian civil Defence corps, road safety, and the prisons services.

Journalists Shot, MC Oluomo Stabbed At Lagos APC Rally

Journalists and an official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were injured on Tuesday at the opening of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship rally in Lagos.

The police confirmed that the NURTW chieftain, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo was stabbed during the rally and is currently receiving treatment at the hospital. Some journalists were also hit by stray bullets at the rally.

Violence broke out at the rally after suspected thugs had a face-off which led to the fracas and a shootout.

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The rampaging thugs were said to have freely used deadly weapons such as guns, knives, cutlasses, and charms to disrupt the rally.

Journalists hit by stray bullet at the violent rally include a reporter from The Nation newspaper, another reporter from New Telegraph and a cameraman from a Television station.

The rally, which was held in Ikeja, is Babajide Sanwoolu’s first open-air campaign as he seeks votes ahead of Lagos Governorship election scheduled to hold in March.

Three Shot, Many Injured As Fighting Disrupts APC Rally In Lagos

 

Three persons were reportedly shot as the official campaign flag-off of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State was marred by violence on Tuesday, January 8. 

At the rally, several gunshots went off as some unscrupulous elements engaged in a bloody duel.

Though authorities are yet to confirm what the casualty figures are at the time, there are fears that that at least two persons might have been killed in the fracas.

Some journalist covering the event were also said to have have sustained various degrees of injuries.

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The crisis reported began while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was addressing party supporters at the Skypower Ground, Ikeja G.R.A.

There are claims that Musiliu Akinsanya, an official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), popularly known as MC Oluomo, was stabbed in the neck during the fracas.

It is speculated that a political feud within the ranks of the NURTW in lagos might be responsible for the chaos witnessed at the rally.

More details on the ugly incident are expected later.