The national president of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa, has been apprehended by the Nigeria Police Force. Baruwa was taken into custody at the NURTW national secretariat situated in Abuja, along with three other officials from the union. These officials include the General Secretary, Anthony Asogwa Chukudi; Principal Assistant Secretary, Abdulrasak Yemi; and the national trustee, Olayi Odion.
This development occurred two days following a warning by the NURTW President about an alleged scheme orchestrated by certain individuals and groups to orchestrate a demonstration at the union’s national secretariat in the Garki 2 district of Abuja.
The confirmation of these arrests was provided on Saturday by Isa Ore, the union’s Deputy President, who addressed the press. He expressed astonishment at the sight of a considerable number of police officers sealing off their secretariat without any explanation. Isa Ore further explained that they had been in the process of preparing for the inauguration and swearing-in of the recently elected members of the National Administrative Council when the police presence disrupted their plans. The police officers indicated that this action was carried out under orders from higher authorities. Despite contacting the FCT Commissioner of Police, it was revealed that he was unavailable in the area.
As of now, the detained NURTW members are being held at the Wuse Zone 3 Police Division.
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