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Makinde Meets Security Heads As NURTW Members Engage In Leadership Battle

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Palpable fear enveloped Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo state, on Thursday as there are reports of alleged attacks on rival camps of the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) over the tussle of the union since the victory of the governor of the state, Seyi Makinde, in the March governorship election in the state.
The state chapter of the union is currently headed by Mr Abideen Olajide, known as Ejiogbe while it is being rumoured that another group loyal to a former acting chairman of the state, Alhaji Lamidi Mukaila, also known as Auxiliary.
On Thursday morning, reports have it that some members of the union mulled the idea of forcefully take over of some union strongholds in Mobil area, ring road, Bere, Gate and Wema Bank axis, Iwo road, all within Ibadan metropolis.
The reports of the attack spread like wildfire and forced residents of the city to start making calls around family members, friends, associates and others to consider their safety as they moved about within the town.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Command, Mr Gbenga Fadeyi, however, said the situation is under control of the security agencies.
He said men of the agencies had already been stationed at some trouble spots before the news started filtering in.
He said “We have our deployments all over and they have all taken their positions in town. Taking care of all these and is not beyond their control. we are virtually working in all areas especially areas where they (NURTW) can rear their ugly heads. with the assistance of other sister security agencies, we have ensured that the situations as its been reported have not degenerated to has beyond our control.
”This morning, just like you said you heard, people had called, they tell us but our men are monitoring the areas with the directive of the Commissioner of Police. Even some of them who have the intent to cause trouble dare not carry it out.
“Maybe they are testing the power of police, we are ready and working on that. We are also working closely so that they calm down, but there is no upsurge in town.”
As at the time of filing this report, the state Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde is currently holding a security meeting with the heads of security agencies in the state.

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