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.

Ondo NURTW Chairman Arrested, Whisked To Lagos

File Photo: Ondo NURTW Chairman

 

The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transports Workers (NURTW) in Ondo State, Jacob Adebo, popularly known as ‘Idajo’ has been arrested by security operatives.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph confirmed the arrest on Friday.

He said the Ondo NURTW Chairman was invited by officers from FCID Alagbon, Lagos for interrogation and have since moved him to Lagos.

Channels Television gathered that the arrest could be in connection with a petition written against him by 16 aggrieved lawmakers of the Ondo State House of Assembly.

The lawmakers led by a factional speaker of the House, Olamide George had recently petitioned the Inspector General of Police over the attack allegedly led by Idajo on the assembly complex on the day Hons. David Oleyeloogun and Iroju Ogundeji were impeached as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.

Police Arrest Former Lagos NURTW Boss Over Alleged Murder 

Police Arrest Suspect Over Officer’s Death In Nasarawa
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A former chairman of the Lagos state branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Akanni Olorunwa has been arrested for alleged murder.

Mr Olorunwa’s arrest follows the capture of one Adeola Williams, also known as Ade Lawyer.

Ade Lawyer is reported to have been on the watchlist of the police for various allegations including assassinations of some people in the South West.

Upon his arrest, Williams confessed to having carried out various killings including the murder of a former chairman of Oshodi chapter of the union.

Lagos Suspends NURTW Activities In Oshodi Over Violence

The Lagos State Government has suspended the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Oshodi, following the recent violence in the area.

The state government said the suspension was in reaction to the violence during which a leader of the Motorcycle Operators’ Association of Lagos State (MOALS) in Oshodi, Rasaq Bello, who was popularly known as Hamburger, was killed.

All the seven NURTW branches in the area were affected.

The state’s Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, disclosed this during a press briefing by officials of the State, the police and NURTW inside the state Secretariat in Alausa.

According to him, throughout the duration of the suspension order, a team of state government officials and security personnel will be mandated to oversee and monitor the transport operations within the affected branches to ensure that the unions do not collect ticket or fees from commuter buses operating in the area.

He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, police investigations are ongoing on the said death and all persons found culpable will be prosecuted in line with the dictates of the laws.

“It is important to also emphasise that all rumour mongering, insinuations and unfounded/unverified facts should be avoided in the sake of peaceful co-existence.

“Any escalation of the crisis arising from the ban will lead to Government taking sterner actions against the branches where violence is recorded.”

Chairman of NURTW, Lagos State Chapter, Tajudeen Agbede; Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Lagos, Mr Imohimi Edgal; Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Olanrewaju Elegushi and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information & Strategy, Mr Folarin Adeyemi during the press briefing

The commissioner added that the state government had taken steps to check conflicts between transport unions in the state.

For instance, he said the state government has already put in place the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) through which 5,000 air-conditioned and convenient buses would be injected into the transport sector, adding that the initiative would soon be launched.

Also, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Operations in the State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, said some arrests have been made following the crisis and that investigation had started in respect of the violence.

The Chairman of NURTW in Lagos State, Tajudeen Agbede, said the union was consulted by the government before it took the decision.

“I like to confirm that the decision of the State Government to suspend union activities in Oshodi was supported by us. We also want a lasting peace in Oshodi and we know that with this decision, people can go about their duties without let or hindrance,” Agbede said.

“I am sure if the union had handled the issue of Oshodi, we would have arrived at the same decision to suspend activities for now and I want to urge our members to cooperate with the government in its bid to ensure lasting peace.”

Ile-Ife Crisis, Not An Ethnic Clash – Jimoh Moshood

moshoodThe Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, has stressed that the fatal incident that took place in Ile-Ife, an ancient town in Osun state, south-west Nigeria, was not an ethnic clash.

According to him, those same youths do business together and have always lived in harmony, regardless of their tribal differences.

He made this position known while addressing the allegations by Yoruba youths that the Force had handled the case in a one-sided manner.

They had alleged that those paraded at the Force headquarters were Yorubas, and no Hausa or Fulani was among them.

Mr Moshood however stated that the Osun State Commissioner of Police, among other people handling the case, were equally Yorubas.

He said it would be wrong for anyone to make a blanket accusation against the Police, describing it is as a disservice to the efforts of the Inspector General of Police.

46 People Killed

Giving a background of what resulted in the fatal clash, he said a certain Oba of a Local area, who is also a Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the area, moved in with thugs to attack a community, following an assault on his wife, which occurred the previous day.

He stated that when the crisis started, the Police moved in immediately to resolve it, however, people started burning houses, property, and killing people.

“96 People were injured, 81 were treated and discharged, and 15 were still hospitalized as at the time we did the parade of the suspects and 46 people were killed in this process,” he confirmed.

He also stated that when the crisis erupted, the IGP promptly deployed Special Intervention Force from the Force Headquarters headed by a commissioner of Police, in charge of Police Mobile Force.

“This intervention was very very swift, in ensuring that within two days, the arrow head was arrested.”

The PPRO further stated that investigation was still on-going and he confirmed that 38 people have so far been arrested and taken to Abuja for more thorough and discrete investigation.

Mr Moshood, however, stated that 18 of them were later found not culpable and amongst them were Yorubas as well as Hausas.

“Our intervention was very prompt and we ensured that including the northern states, the effort of the Police were equally circulated in local language for people to know that we have intervened and the situation is under control.”

Court Discharges Arrested Ondo NURTW Members

Owerri, Court, NBA28 members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) who were arrested in Akure, the Ondo state capital, for unlawful possession of weapons, have regained their freedom.

The transporters were apprehended by the police while meeting at the residence of one of their leaders and were charged to court afterwards.

The arms were said to have been found in the house, hence the arrest.

The counsel of the suspects however disclosed that the Ondo State Magistrate Court had absolved them of all the accusations brought against them by the police.

Meanwhile, the leader of the group, Aliu Adebayo, appealed to all his followers to remain calm and be peaceful and give government the chance to resolve the issues in the transport union in the state.

Motorists React To FG’s Order To Eliminate Speed Breakers

speed breakers, motorists, FG, HighwaysMotorists as well as residents of some communities have been reacting to the ‘no speed breakers’ directive by the Federal Government.

This is sequel to the directive by Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, ‎that all speed breakers on federal highways be removed.

Those agitating for the speed breakers to remain have insisted that they are necessary, in order to control the speed of motorists on the highways.

They believe that several lives have been lost to road accidents as a result of over-speeding by motorists, especially as some motorists indulge in drunk driving.

Some citizens are, however, in support of the government’s order for the removal of the speed breakers.

Motorists especially have complained that the speed breakers damage their vehicles, insisting that they are of no advantage on the highways.

Federal Controller of Works in Ondo State, Hezekiah Kehinde, in an interview with Channels Television, opined that ‎speed breakers are not part of road design.

According to him, “they are illegal and they even cause accidents”.

Channels TV also spoke with two transporters, Adewale Ojo and Kayode Agbeyanju, who were also of the view that the speed breakers should be removed from the highways.

Meanwhile, an Assistant Corps‎ Marshall in the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), Wole Olaniran, has suggested that it is rather “preferable for speed limit devices to be installed in vehicles, in order to limit the speed of motorists”.

Sallah Celebration: Abuja Motor Park Records Low Turn-Out of Passengers

Abuja, sallah, motor park, passengers,Transporters at the Jabi Motor Park in Abuja have recorded what they described as the lowest turn-out of travelers compared to other festive periods.

This is in spite of the fact that transport fares have remained the same.

The Park which is arguably the biggest and busiest in Abuja, purportedly experienced a mild traffic on Saturday morning, as travelers complained about hardship due to lack of money.

Some were seen lamenting bitterly about the state of the economy.

The motor park was said to be a bee hive of activities during weekends, especially the ones preceding public holidays. However, things seemed to take a different turn this time.

Some passengers, who spoke to the Channels Television crew, said they would rather send foodstuff to their loved ones than spend the money on transportation.

Transporters however took advantage of the few passengers rushing to their destinations by hiking the fares.

Also in the food stuff market, while some complained about not having money to buy what they needed, others said they were experiencing bumper sales.

Although the holiday period will afford majority the opportunity to visit their loved ones, the current economic realities would generally have an effect on the way the holiday is spent.