The government of Lagos state has suspended operations of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos Island over the recent clashes recorded in the area.
This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by media aide to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Jubril Gawat.
Gawat said the decision to suspend the union activities was reached at a stakeholders’ meeting attended by the NURTW, Central Business District (CBD) and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya oloja general and iya oloja of Lagos Island).
Recall that there was a report on how factions of the union clashed over the control of motor parks in the area last week Thursday, leaving one person dead and several people injured.
The police command in the state on Monday arrested two principal suspects – Adekunle Lawal alias Kunle Poly, and Mustapha Adekunle, popularly known as Sego.
Lawal is the Lagos Island branch chairman of the NURTW, while Adekunle is the treasurer of the state council of the union.
According to the statement, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, special adviser to the governor on transportation, said the ban is to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota axis of the state.
Fayinka said operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will be stationed at strategic positions to ensure compliance with the ban and avoid further breakdown of peace.
“Lagos State Govt has suspended the operations of the Transport Union (NURTW) in Lagos Island, particularly on Church Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota bridge indefinitely due to the recent clashes that crippled activities in Idumota axis of the state,” the statement reads.
“Oluwatoyin Fayinka meted out the ban to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume at Eyin Eyo.
“Fayinka further stated that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations and to enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.
“Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street, particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (korope).”
Meanwhile, the leadership of the union has apologised to Sanwo-Olu over the incident and disassociated itself from the chaos.
Tajudeen Baruwa, NURTW president, said the union is in support of the ongoing probe into the matter and that any of its members found wanting will be punished.
2023: Group raises alarm over alleged kangaroo consensus, primaries in Oyo PDP
A group within Oyo state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Concerned People Frontiers (CPF) has raised an alarm over plan by some leaders and cabal within the party to impose some aspirants over others in a consensus through kangaroo primaries in some constituencies across the state.
The group in a statement on Monday signed by its Coordinator and Secretary, Adewale Ajani and Kunle Fasasi respectively, a copy of which was made available to journalists also appeal to the governor of state, Mr Seyi Makinde to guide against such plan.
The duo explained that there are strong indications that the alleged consensus candidature through kangaroo primaries planned to be adopted by some leaders and cabal in the party will further deepen the crisis within the ruling party in the state.
Rising from an emergency meeting held in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday, the group said it would be better to allow all the aspirants for various elective positions to test their popularity where genuine consensus have failed.
They appealed to Governor Makinde to intervene and call such leaders and cabal into other in order not to create more division in the party, which may eventually lead to defection of some aggrieved aspirants and their supporters.
According to the statement, “We want to use this medium to appeal to his excellency, Governor Makinde as the father to all in our great party, the PDP, to appeal to those planning consensus and imposition through kangaroo primaries to desist from such act.
“Information available to us is that some cabal within the party, who have their tentacles across various constituencies are planning kangaroo primaries where genuine consensus have failed. We got to know that they have perfected plan to have filled the balot boxes with votes of their preferred candidates before the commencement of the primaries.
“Any attempt to do that will be resisted and if they succeeded with the help of thugs, we would have no option than to dump the party.
“We have resolved to support and rally round any aspirant that may emerge as candidate if the primaries are free, fair and follow democratic tenets.
“We are once again calling on our democratic governor to call such leaders and cabal to order so that we can all united to work for the victory of our party in 2023 general elections but anything aside that may spell doom for our great party”.
Police confirm burning of LGA secretariat by gunmen in Anambra
Anambra State police command has confirmed the burning of the headquarters of Idemili North Local Government Area in Ogidi, Anambra, in the early hours of Monday.
THE WITNESS had reported that some unknown gunmen set the office of the LGA among other facilities ablaze.
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Anambra State Police Command, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Awka.
According to him the arsonists attacked the council’s headquarters about 2 a.m. today.
Ikenga said combined response by security operatives and the natives helped to repel the criminals.
“As we speak, security operatives are still over the incident, and we have put the place under control.
“I must add that the natives were helpful to contend with the attack as some of them joined security operatives to repel the attackers,” Ikenga said.
A source, however, told NAN that the arsonists attacked Idemili North Local Government Area headquarters burning down buildings within the complex.
The source said the Magistrate’s Court building and office of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company EEDC, within the complex were also affected by the inferno.
He also said that operational vehicles parked in the premises were destroyed.
He said no human casualty was recorded during the attack.
Ikenga further said enough security personnel were drafted to the area as well as fire fighters who quickly put out the fire and restored normalcy in the area.