Oyo govt. denies part in prosecution of NURTW chieftain

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The Oyo State Government on Monday said it was not involved in the arrest and prosecution of former chieftain of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, Mukaila Lamidi. NAN reports that Lamidi, popularly known as “Auxiliary”, was on Monday remanded in Agodi Prison after being arraigned in a Senior Magistrates’ Court for conspiracy and murder. The prosecution had alleged that Lamidi conspired with others still at large to commit murder. It said Lamidi and others at large caused the death of one Adekunle Oladipupo by shooting him. The offence, it said, was committed on 2 March at about 10:10 a.m. at Mustard Filling Station on Iwo Road, Ibadan. The prosecution said the offences contravened sections 319 and 324 of the Criminal code, Cap. 38, Vol. 11, Laws of Oyo State, 2000. But the Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Ismail Alli, told newsmen in Ibadan that the current administration in the state was not involved in Lamidi’s prosecution. “There is no way the state government could be responsible for the arrest of the suspect since the police have the constitutional role to play in arresting and prosecuting any offender,” he said.

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Alli, however, said that the Abiola Ajimobi administration had from inception continued to give adequate attention to security. He also said the state government would not solicit the support of any faction of NURTW to sustain the peace currently being enjoyed in the state. The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Gbade Lana, also said that the state government was not involved in the prosecution of Lamidi.

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