Three Reported Killed, Four Shots, Many Injured As NURTW, Park Managers Fuels Unrest In Ibadan

Three park managers, otherwise known as the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) members were killed on Sunday in the Ojoo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.


In another attack, more than four was reported shot at Ifeleye market, In area of Ibadan Northwest local government.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had in 2020 proscribed NURTW and later made a former chairman of NURTW in the state, Mukaila Lamidi, popularly called Auxiliary, the chairman of park managers.

After this, the NURTW in the state, led by Abideen Olajide, popularly called Ejiogbe, approached the state High Court to stop Lamidi from parading himself as the chairman.

However, the High Court last week nullified the appointment of park managers inaugurated in 2020 by the Seyi Makinde-led administration.

Justice M. A. Adegbola, who presided over the case filed by Ejiogbe, described as illegal the collection of rates by the park managers appointed by the state government and therefore granted an injunction restraining the respondents, their agents, proxies, or whoever from interfering with the management and affairs of motor parks in Oyo State and from collecting any rates and dues from any of the parks or commercial drivers in Oyo State.

Members of NURTW in the state challenged park managers to vacate the parks for them to operate after the court nullified the appointment of park managers.

A member of NURTW, Kazeem Ekolo, said three members of NURTW were killed on Sunday. “Three people were killed. Those killed are all members of NURTW. They killed them and evacuated their corpses. The governor must be proactive,” he said.

Meanwhile, no fewer than four people were shot at Ifeleye market, Ibadan Northwest Local Government Area of the state.

It was learnt that hoodlums from the Ifoko area of Ibadan arrived at the area around 7:30 pm and started shooting sporadically.

A resident of Oke Padre, Abass Kareem, said: “Those hoodlums came back last night. They shot four people and when the police repelled their attack, they left but returned late at night. The insecurity is getting too tense in Ibadan,”he said.

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