Ambode Bans Road Union Activities At Oshodi

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Gov of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode
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Sequel to violence witnessed at Oshodi on Monday, the Lagos State Government has announced the indefinite suspension of all activities of  the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at the seven branches operating in Shogunle and Oshodi area of Lagos.

The Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Lanre Elegushi who announced the suspension, also listed the branches affected to include LoB ‘A’, ‘D’, ‘J’ and Oshodi ‘ A’ ‘B’ ‘C’ and ‘D’.

Elegushi highlighted that the decision followed extensive consultation with stakeholders, followed by Government’s determination to protect lives and properties while forestalling further breakdown of law and order.

Subsequently, Elegushi assured that a Committee comprising of State Government officials and security operators would now monitor the branches; while there would no longer be any further collection of fees and tickets during the period.

The Commissioner emphasised that the suspension will persist until appropriate security report points to a condition of peace and tranquility adding too that steps were being taken to get all the warring parties to sheath their sword.

Elegushi warned that the State Government will not hesitate to extend the ban to any other branch where any violence erupts from union activities.

In his remarks, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Mr. Oluwole Edgal said an interim report on the investigation into the murder of Alhaji Raqas Bello alias Hamburger which led to the fracas, will be ready within the week.

He advised all to wait for the outcome of the report adding that arrests have been made and that Police will do its job well.

The DC (Ops) who refused to comment further on the investigation urged Union members to close rank and shun rumours, bickering insinuation and unverified information, and urged the leadership of NURTW to take charge of their men.

Also commenting the State Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede reiterated his unions support for the decision of the State Government and pledged the comportment of his members; stressing that the Union would continue to support the State Government in its bid to develop and bring progress to all parts of the State.