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Tension mounts between RTEAN, NURTW members in Ibadan

By Ola Ajayi

Ibadan—ANOTHER bloody clash similar to the one recorded about three weeks ago at Iwo Road interchange, Ibadan is brewing between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, in Ibadan metropolis.

The two rival associations engaged in gun duels at Iwo Road over collection of fees and control of motor parks in the city which led to injuries on both sides.

Though, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade has waded into the crisis, members of RTEAN now live in palpable fear as they alleged that their rival union, NURTW members have displaced them from their motor parks in the 11 councils in the state.

In a petition to the Commissioner of Police, CP signed by RTEAN Chairman in Ona Ara Local Government, Mr Nureni Idris, said his members now walk in groups for fear of being attacked by NURTW members alleging that a chairman of the drivers’ union in the local government is threatening his members on a daily basis.

But, a member of the NURTW, Akin James absolved his colleagues from the allegations.

Killers of Oyo lawmaker arrestedPolice

Meantime, alleged  assailants of  a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr. Gideon Aremu have been arrested by the State Police Command.

The lawmaker was reportedly killed by four suspected assassins who trailed him to his Alakia residence on July, 1 2016.

The state Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, in a statement yesterday said the arrest was made possible by a combined team of the Intelligence Response of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and detectives from the Oyo State Police Command.

He said the suspects would be paraded today at the state police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

Before his sudden death, the legislator who represented Oorelope constituency was the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Public Relations and Security.

His death generated heated controversy in the state which prompted Governor Abiola Ajimobi to promise N5m booty for whoever could supply information that could lead to the arrest of the assailants.

He said in as much as RTEAN members do not want any violence to threaten the peace in Ibadan, they said they would not sit by and watch their rights being trampled upon by violent NURTW.



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