RTEAN Boss, Member Docked For Fighting At Police Station

courtThe Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Ekiti State, Mr Rotimi Agbede, was on Wednesday brought before a Magistrate Court for disrupting the peace within the Ekiti State Police Command in Ado Ekiti.

Mr Agbede was arraigned alongside a member of the union, Olaoye Oba, for fighting at the police headquarters over seemingly irreconcilable crisis brewing in the union.

The charge sheet, according to the police prosecutor, Oriyomi Akinwale, read: “That you, Samuel Agbede and Olaoye Oba on 23 December, 2016, at the State Police Headquarters premises under Ado Ekiti Magisterial District did engage yourself in a fight.

“You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 83 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ekiti State 2012”.

However, the embattled RTEAN chair pleaded not guilty to the charge after which his lawyer, Tajudeen Lamidi, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms considering his status in the society.

After listening to the argument of the defendant’s counsel, Chief Magistrate Idowu Ayenimo granted the two accused persons bail in the sum of 20,000 Naira with one surety each in the like sum who must also be resident of Ado Ekiti with a verifiable address.

The presiding Magistrate subsequently adjourned the case till January 20 for further hearing.

It was reliably gathered that Oba had gone to the police station to report the RTEAN boss on December 23, when the RTEAN chair, who is an ally of Governor Ayo Fayose, was in conflict with Oba who is a supporter of an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Femi Bamisile.

Oba had written a petition to the Police accusing Agbede of spearheading attacks on APC members and other RTEAN members who are supporters of Bamisile shortly after the aspirant held a political meeting with his supporters on the same day, December 23.

Borno Government Assist Boko Haram Victims

bornoThe Borno state government is assisting victims of Boko Haram attacks, to reduce the effect of their losses.

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria are the latest beneficiaries of the state government’s intervention programmes.

Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, in a ceremony, gave out 450 Sienna buses to transport workers at 50 per cent subsidized rate.

Governor Shettima applauded the bravery of those in the transport business, for their courage amidst insurgent activities.

The Governor also cautioned residents against traveling to their home towns for the general elections, adding that designated polling units in makeshift camps would serve the same purpose.

Road Transport Workers Partner PAN On Made In Nigeria Cars

MUSA 1In a bid to patronise locally manufactured cars in the country and encourage local content, the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) has concluded plans to buy cars produced locally by Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited (PAN).   

The National President of the Association,  disclosed this during a visit of the association’s national executive members to PAN, in Kaduna.

He stated that the partnership with PAN was in order to support the federal government’s Automotive Development Plan which was launched to promote investment in the automobile sector, as well as create employment for the youths.

While appealing to Nigerians to patronise made in Nigerian cars, he also called on the federal government to put a total ban on importation of used vehicles into Nigeria in order to encourage local production.

The managing Director of PAN, Ibrahim Boyi commended the road transport workers for showing such patriotism and urged other corporate organisations and government agencies to emulate the association, assuring them that the company has the capacity to meet the demands of Nigerians.