Members of the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, have protested the alleged kidnap of their state Chairman, Adeyemi Musbaudeen. TOAN is an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress (TUC). They accused the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde aka Fele, of allegedly kidnapping Musbaudeen and harassing some of their members.
Reliving his ordeal, Musbaudeen alleged that he was kidnapped on Sunday by some members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), who took him to Fele’s house, where he was rescued by the police.
At a briefing, the TUC State Chairman, Emelieze Andrew, said TUC was, however, compelled to call the emergency media chat to address security challenges threatening members of TOAN, an affiliate of TUC.
But Fele told The Nation that the allegation was unfounded. According to him, Musbaudeen was a chairman of NURTW tricycle riders for four years until he was removed by members and replaced with a new chairman.
Police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu could not be reached for comments.