There was a palpable anxiety on Sunday when some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Akure, Ondo State, including Omoniyi Oni popularly known as Eniba and Wasiu Ibrahim have been attacked by suspected hoodlums.
They were allegedly attacked at Owode in Akure, the state capital on Sunday at a Barbing saloon which caused apprehension among residents of the area for hours.
Omoniyi Oni popularly known as Eniba, alleged that the attackers were allegedly sponsored by the Chairman of the Union, Mr Jacob Adebo (aka Idajo), waylaid them and attacked them with dangerous weapons.
Pix: one of the victims.
He said some of them sustained varying degrees of injuries and now receiving treatment at the police clinic in the metropolis.
Mr. Omoniyi Eniba who spoke on behalf of the group narrated that some of their members were on their way to a barber’s shop when they were attacked by thugs known to be loyal to the Chairman of the Union, Mr Adebo Idajo.
He said it was not the first time they would be experiencing such occurrence.
Omoniyi who said all of them are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have been prevented from working since over a year when the Chairman, Mr. Jacob Idajo drove them away from the Garage for no reason than not subscribing to his draconian style of leadership.
“We are members of the APC and not opposition members. We all worked for the emergence of the Government in the first and second term. And Governor Akeredolu is a lover of all and instructed us not to fight anyone but Idajo has been victimising us for no reason. He will seize our vehicles, and order his thugs to vandalise them.
The Governor had instructed that the Union should suspend its activities for now but they are still taking illegal money from us, attacking anyone who isn’t in their click/group,” Eniba said.
Another Member of the group, Toyin Olaoye Fayagbe said “Idajo has turned the NURTW to its family business. He had driven us away for the garage for more than a year”.
Also Lamidi Akure and Sunday Aladejebi Mosafejo called on the State Governor to come to their aid as they can no longer stand the provocation.
A security source said no arrest has been made concerning the attack.
Efforts to get the reaction of Mr Adebo proved abortive as calls to his line was not answered.