The Commissioner of Police(CP) in Oyo State, Mr. Shina Olukolu, on Monday disclosed that 29 members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) in the state, have been arrested for hooliganism and attempted forceful takeover of the leadership of the union.
Olukolu stated this at the State Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan while addressing newsmen on the activities of the command.
According to the CP, “On May 29, one Dauda Adisa reported to the Police that some hoodlums attacked the office of Alh. Abideen Olajide, also known as Ejiogbe, the State Chairman of the NURTW at the Orita-Challenge motor park in Ibadan.
“Adisa said the hoodlums, who came in two Micra cars, three buses and a Previa car, shot into the air and injured some members of the union with cutlasses.
“He was able to identify two of the hoodlums, who were later arrested. In addition, other suspects in the failed attempt to extend the violent disturbance of public peace to other areas were arrested.”
Olukolu stated that the remaining suspects were arrested at the entrance of the venue of the inauguration of Governor Seyi Makinde.
He said dangerous weapons such as guns with live cartridges, cutlasses, sharp knives, charms and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, were recovered from the suspects.
He alleged that the suspects’ aim was to use the recovered ammunitions to attack members of the public during the inauguration ceremony.
The CP warned other members of the union planning to foment trouble at motor parks to have a rethink, adding that security operatives would deal decisively with anybody planning to disturb the peace in the state.
Olukolu added that the union had been proscribed in the state and warned NURTW members not to go near motor parks.