Ogun NURTW secretariat looted, chair begs aggrieved members

Daud Olatunji

The secretariat of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ogun State has been looted after its closure during the prolonged leadership crisis of the union.

The looting was uncovered on Friday after the police led members of the new executive of the union headed by its Chairman, Ismail Mustapha, to unseal the office located at Asero, Abeokuta.

The office, which had been overgrown by weeds, was almost empty, following the disappearance of some property belonging to the union in the state.

The secretariat was shut down on July 9 by police to forestall clashes between the warring factions in the leadership tussle.

The new chairman had, in March, secured a judgment of the National Industrial Court, declaring him the duly elected chairman of the union in the state.

Addressing journalists after the takeover of the union secretariat, Mustapha lamented that the office had been looted.

He said, “Our union has rules and procedures. We are going to write our national headquarters and national headquarters to inform them about what we met here. They know the necessary steps to take on the issue.

“We don’t want to drag anybody to the police. We are still appealing to them to come back because we cannot go it alone. We are calling on them to come and join us. Sooner or later, we will resolve our internal crisis.

The NURTW chairman, however, refuted claims that the union was not in support of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s government.

He said, “We are not fighting the government. Our election was on December 12, 2019. Our counterpart took us to court. After many adjournments, we got a judgment on March 17, 2020 in our favour.

“After the judgment, we couldn’t implement it because of COVID-19 and, shortly after, our secretariat was sealed by the police. They said they had to seal our secretariat because we were going to fight. We were going to cause a crisis but we told them that we are not going to fight and we are not going to cause any crisis.”