- Channel your grievances through appropriate quarters, Adeleke tells NURTW
There was sporadic shooting at Old Garage motor park in Osogbo on Monday following attempts to take back the park that had been taken over by a faction of the National Union of Road Transport Workers earlier on Sunday.
Sources also said there were attacks on motor parks around Oke-Baale, Ilesa Garage and Old Coca-Cola Area all within the Osogbo metropolis, where hoodlums attacked some union members reporting for duty.
The shooting caused panic among residents who were just commencing the day’s work, as they scampered to safety to avoid being hit by bullets.
The clashes later spread to Ayetoro area where a member of the union was reportedly attacked with matchet and had to abandon his vehicle and ran to safety.
The vehicle was later set on fire by his assailants.
It would be recalled that about 10 members of the NURTW were reportedly injured across Osun when the forceful take over started on Sunday.
The group behind the attacks were said to have recruited hoodlums and stormed the state secretariat of the union in Osogbo shortly after the inauguration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as Osun governor.
As of the time of filing this report, the alleged attackers were said to be occupying the secretariat located along Osogbo/Ilesa road.
It was also learnt that the hoodlums behind the attack injured the state Financial Secretary of the union, Sunday Akinwale and vandalised the building as well as some vehicles parked within the premises.
Speaking with The PUNCH on the incident, the State Secretary of the Union, Osundiya Akinsola, confirmed the attack, saying he was ferried to safety by some policemen who responded to distress call when the attackers stormed the area.
He further said, “Our Financial Secretary, Sunday Akinwale, was attacked. Our state secretariat was vandalised.
Our park at Old Coca Cola Area in Osogbo was attacked, our members at Ijetu Motor park in Osogbo were attacked.
“A bus and a Toyota Sienna vehicle belonging to the Financial Secretary parked within the premises of our state secretariat were vandalised. Those that perpetrated the attack are still there presently.
“In all, over 10 members were attacked and injured. This number included those that were attacked in Ilesa town. Those that carried out the attack wanted to forcefully take over the leadership of the union.
“The ring leader of the attack is not one of our officials. He wanted to forcefully take over the union. He has shown interest in becoming the State Chairman and his ambition is against the Constitution of our union. We have informed the police, the Department of State Services and even the family of the new governor about activities of these miscreants.”
He urged the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, to restore sanity into operations of the union and stop those carrying out the attacks before they cause more breach of peace.
The Osun State Police Command Spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, could not be reached for comment on Monday.
She did not pick calls nor respond to a text message sent to her line on the matter as of the time of filing this report.
Reacting to the development, the spokesperson for Adeleke, Olawale Rasheed, warned against violence and directed security agencies to maintain law and order.
The statement further read in part, “The Governor, Senator Adeleke, has warned against violence among transport workers’ unions in the state, directing security agencies to maintain status quo across the motor parks.
“All union leaders and their supporters are hereby directed to remain calm and bring any grievances to the State Government for resolution. Security agencies are consequently directed to maintain law and order.”
Channel your grievances through appropriate quarters, Adeleke tells NURTW
Meanwhile, the Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has urged aggrieved leaders of the National Road Transport Union Workers in the state to channel their grievances through the appropriate quarters and not take laws into their hands.
This was contained in a statement issued by Adeleke’s Chief Press Secretary, Rasheed Olawale, in Osogbo.
Adeleke warned against violence among transport workers’ unions in the state.
He directed security agencies to ensure safety of lives and property within the areas affected by the protest.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was a protest in some motorparks in Osogbo by NURTW leaders trying to gain control of motorparks.
NAN reports that some union members protested in Old Garage motorpark, Okefia, Olaiya and Aregbe motorparks.
The union members were said to be struggling for supremacy over who controls the motorparks.
It was gathered that rival groups blocked roads preventing easy access and scaring away pedestrians. Also security personnel have also brought the situation under control.
The city of Osogbo is said to be calm now while security agents patrol major motorparks and black-spots prone to violence.
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