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Ibadan Unrest: Restrain ‘Auxiliary’ now, NURTW tells Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

The National Union of Road Transport Workers in Oyo State has distanced the union from Alhaji Lamidi Mukaila, popularly known as Auxiliary.

The Deputy General Secretary of NURTW, Alhaji Suleiman Musa, who said this in a statement, stated that the union did not know anything about Wednesday’s mayhem in Iwo Road which led to the killing of Rahmon Azeez and massive destruction of properties.

Musa called on Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to warn Mukaila to restrain from bringing the name of the union into disrepute to avoid any crisis.

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He explained that Mukaila was expelled from the NURTW in 2011, stressing that the union had nothing to do with the Park Management System introduced by Makinde.

The statement read, “Lamidi Mukaila, aka Auxiliary, appointed as the chairman of the notorious Park Managers created by the Oyo State governor was expelled from the union in 2011 before he was empowered to unleash mayhem on the good people of Oyo State under the guise of running parks for the government.

“Governor Seyi Makinde had proscribed the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the state since May 31, 2019. Hence, the union views the persistent reports linking it with the nefarious activities of the governor’s appointee as highly unacceptable.

“The union is urging the Oyo State Government to do the needful and call him to order to prevent avoidable clashes resulting in wanton destruction of properties and loss of lives.

“The NURTW as a body of law-abiding individuals making a living in the transport sector is averse to all forms of violent activities capable of putting their sources of livelihood in jeopardy.

“The constitution of the union is very clear in dealing with identified dissidents or bad eggs and that such elements should not be accommodated among peace-loving members.

“The union appeals to the media and the general public to stop attributing the excesses of the ignoble Park Managers outfit of the Oyo State Government or the nefarious undertaking of its appointed chairman to the NURTW.”

Traders whose shops were vandalised and looted during the mayhem had accused Mukaila of leading the hoodlums who unleashed terror on them.

However, Mukaila has denied the allegations.

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