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JUST IN: Lagos Govt. suspends NURTW operations indefinitely over Idumota clashes

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Following a threat by the President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) that the union’s chapter in Lagos may be suspended, the State Government has suspended the transport union operations around Lagos Island particularly on Church Street, John Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota bridge indefinitely due to the recent clashes that crippled activities in Idumota axis of the state.

The state government has also deployed the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to patrol the entire area and station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to restore sanity around the axis.

Announcing the indefinite suspension of NURTW operations on Tuesday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, added that the law enforcement team would flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around the Church Street axis.

Fayinka, who stated that the team would also deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic Rules and Regulations, stressed that the ban was to prevent further acts of violence around Idumota.

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Fayinka disclosed that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority would resume at Eyin Eyo axis and coordinate motorists’ operations at the park.

The ban was announced after a stakeholders’ meeting comprising the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Central Business District (CBD), and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) and held at the Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja.

The special adviser, through a statement by the head of Public Affairs Officer for Ministry of Transportation, Bolanle Ogunlola, stated that the transport union managing the Keke Marwa and Mini Buses popularly called Korope, were also included.

‘State Security Operatives are hereby put on Red Alert to ensure Safety and Security of lives and property in Lagos Island and environs’ Fayinka stated.

Reacting to the suspension, the Iya Oloja, Lagos Island, Risikat Odumosu, expressed her displeasure at the wanton looting and destruction of their goods in shops around Idumota area and commenced the move.

Odumosu urged the State Government to come to their rescue adding that they will not stand back and watch their properties destroyed by miscreants whom they had never seen before.

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