Ondo NURTW crisis deepens

The state chairman allegedly ordered a physical attack on his deputy.

The crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers worsened on Friday as the Deputy Chairman of the Union, Omobomi Ajisafe, was beaten up by hoodlums allegedly sent by the state Chairman, Obayoriade Adetule.

The national executives of the union had summoned the state executives to Abuja on Thursday over allegations of ticket racketeering in the state.

On Friday, the Deputy Chairman who, after the Abuja meeting, went to resume work at the state secretariat along Omolere area of Akure metropolis was molested.

Mr. Ajisafe was invited to a drinking joint by Mr. Adetule who then allegedly ordered his “boys” to beat up his deputy. The boys reportedly obeyed the instruction of their boss and ended up injuring Mr. Ajisafe and his driver.

The deputy chairman was subsequently hospitalized at the state specialist hospital in Akure where he was later discharged after receiving treatment.

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While narrating his ordeal, Mr. Ajisafe urged the state police command to investigate the matter.

“After returning from Abuja, I went to our secretariat on Friday but I was shocked by the attitude of some junior officers who were abusing me. It has never happened before. Their attitude towards me was abnormal so, I began to suspect foul play and decided to leave the secretariat. As I made to leave I received a phone call from the Chairman who asked me to come to a drinking joint beside the office.

“To my surprise, I saw many of our members there. They were armed but I could not turn back at that point. Before I knew what was happening, I was given the beating of my life in the presence of the chairman.

“At some point, he ordered them to stop beating me and asked my driver who was equally beaten to the leave the place. I was immediately rushed to the hospital where I was treated for my wounds,” he said.

Mr. Ajisafe appealed to the state police command to arrest those behind the attack and to guarantee his safety.

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