BY LEKE ADESERI, South West Regional Editor
IBADAN — The Oyo State Government has de-proscribed the state Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
Reacting to the move, embattled chairman of the union in the state, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola (a.k.a. Tokyo) told Vanguard Thursday that the governor was merely seeking the union’s favour at the 11th hour.
According to him, “although he did his worse to frustrate us but God did not support him so he has turned around to seek our favour.”
According to a statement from the Office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, the de-proscription order was given by the Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala following recent peace and tranquility being enjoyed in every part of the State.
The statement also added that the de-proscription order became imperative as a result of the readiness of members of the union to abide by law and order in the State.
Speaking on his expectation now that the union has been let off the hook, Aewusola said: “Everybody should allow peace to reign. All members should now embrace peace but we remain resolute towards re-possessing our parks.”
It will be recalled that in July last year; a National Industrial Court (NIC) sitting in Abuja, had delivered judgment in favour of Tokyo and his group, in a suit he brought challenging his removal as the union’s chairman. He was removed from office in 2009, following the alleged killing of two security guards attached to the residence of his erstwhile deputy, late Alhaji Lateef Salako (a.k.a. Eleweomo) by unknown assailants, who allegedly killed them in a botched attempt to killthe deputy.
The NURTW was proscribed by the State Government in August 2010 following leadership crises that engulfed the Union.
Barely 24 hours to the Oyo State Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to choose new executives for the party, on December 30, last year, the sacked Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Lateef Salako (Eleweomo) was killed.
He was murdered at Ibadan District Primary School, Akanran Area of Ibadan.
Confirming the incident, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Alhaji Adisa Baba Bolanta through the state Police spokesperson, Tunji Ajimuda said tersely: “Eleweomo is dead”.
He was killed while the local government congress was being conducted for Ona Ora Local Government.