BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN – ONE of the factional leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, on State Police Command wanted list, Alhaji Lateef Akinsola aka Tokyo, has dragged the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Baba Adisa Bolanta to court over alleged defamation of his character.
Tokyo, who was reinstated by the National Industrial Court, NIC, as the authentic chairman of NURTW in the state, and another factional leader, Alhaji Lamidi Mukaila aka Auxiliary had engaged each other in bloody clashes that claimed several lives over the control of the union.
Alhaji Akinsola, on whom the police placed a N.5million ransom, is demanding N200million damages from the CP who he accused of partisanship in the intra-union dispute and resultant mayhem.
He accused Mr. Bolanta of supporting his rival, Auxiliary.
Exonerating himself from the NURTW induced orgy of violence in the state, Tokyo said, “the facts are there that it is Auxiliary that has been going about town with guns and dangerous weapons, killing and maiming innocent members of the public while Bolanta continues to look the other way, for reasons best known to him.”
He noted that the posters displayed by the CP at strategic locations in the state declaring him (Tokyo) wanted over the recurring crises in the transport workers union in the state was intended to malign his good name.
He called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim to prevail on the Commissioner from further defamation of his name.
Tokyo said, “Bolanta should stop spoiling my good name by his sponsored publications. Has Bolanta ever seen me leading any thug to kill anybody at motor parks?