Oyo NURTW chairman sent henchmen to kill me — Obisesan •Allegation wild, laughable — NURTW boss
By Dare Adekanmbi
Immediate past Commissioner for Environment and Habitat in Oyo State, Honourable Lowo Obisesan, has alleged that the state chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde, also known as Fele, has been commissioned to take his life. Obisesan, who was dropped alongside his colleagues as commissioners in September last year and was not included in the reconstituted cabinet, is now in the Labour Party. The former commissioner alleged, in a 24-paragraph petition addressed to the Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, that he had been subjected to harassment since he switched from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Labour Party. Reacting, Alhaji Oyerinde said “I am well-known as a transport union leader and not an assassin,” adding that the allegation was wild, unfounded and laughable. Oyerinde stressed that he leads a union that had been insulated from politics unlike in the past when the union’s image was badly dented. But Obisesan claimed further that the NURTW henchmen were sent after him because his profile and popularity had been causing the authorities sleepless night. “On April 22, 2014, in a shocking manner, our client’s night guard clearly identified two of the men of Fele near the house of our client at Eleyele, Ibadan. The two men had come to lay serious ambush against our client at the material time he would leave office,” the petitioner said.
The petition added that but for the vigilance of Obisesan and his driver, he would have been hacked down by the assailants who were said to have bolted away when an alarm was raised.
“The political tension in Oyo State is increasing and opponents of our client have sworn to make life unbearable for him…Our client is an aspirant in his party.
“It would, therefore, be appreciated if police officers are formally assigned to him for his protection as the activities of these suspected assassins cannot be underestimated in view of the several unexplained killings in Nigeria,” the petition stated.
The NURTW chairman called on the police to investigate the claims and bring anyone found culpable to justice, saying that the days when the union members were linked with political assassination or violence had gone for good.