NURTW chiefs accused of intention to forcibly take over Soka •Allegation unfouonded —NURTW boss

SOKA, a community in Ibadan, Oyo State, which was recently famed for accommodating a kidnappers’ forest, is in the news again, as chieftains of the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) are being accused of trying to forcibly take over a land close to the forest, which is believed to belong to a certain Amole family of Oluokun, Kudeti.

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Addressing journalists on the development, two groups, Campaign for Human Rights Group, Ibadan, and Lagos-based Know Your Rights Initiative, said they had written letters on behalf of the family to the state governor, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), among others, on the plan of the NURTW chiefs to illegally take possession the acres of land.

Spokesman of the groups, Mr Abioye Abass, on behalf of the family heads, Pa Suara Amole, Alhaji Muili Oluokun, Lateef Ajao, Kareem Amole and Mojeed Animasahun, that their lives were under threat, following moves to take over what genuinely belong to them.

Abass said there were attempts on the lives of the family members, especially Animasahun who, he said was once attacked on the land but narrowly escaped being killed.

The NURTW chairman, Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde, otherwise known as Fele, in a swift reaction, described the allegation as unfounded.

“Maybe some people somewhere are trying to play pranks on them, because I can confidently inform you that I was once invited to the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on the matter and I stated my position that I knew nothing about the whole episode. If they are still in doubt, let them pursue the matter by all legal means.

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