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Nigeria:Transporter raises alarm over death threats

motocycleA transport company operating  in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Akmode Nigeria Limited on Thursday raised the alarm that there are threats  to the lives of its staff by the State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Akeem Adeosun.

The Director of the transport company, Mr. Oluwole Odesipe  at a news conference in Abeokuta  alleged that Adeosun, popularly called Jango had directed the members of the ACCOMORAN and AMORAN to henceforth attack and “kill” its workers who also operate commercial motorcycles in Abeokuta anytime they came across in the state.

We however gathered that the members of the two unions had violently clashed with some staff of the company on Wednesday in Obantoko area.

It was also learnt that the union members and the staff of the transport company sustained various degrees of injury during the clash, resulting in the arrest of about seven suspects by the police.

Odesipe claimed  that the NURTW boss had been boasting round the town that Governor Ibikunle Amosunn administration had given his union the authority to stop the staff of the transport company from operating in Ogun State.

He  claimed that in 2009 his company secured a court judgment and N1million cost against ACCOMORAN over the matter, adding that the law did not support a situation where anyone or organization would be compelled to join the commercial motorcycle riders associations.

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