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Crisis Hits Ekiti Community As robbers Kill NURTW Members

Posted: Jan 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Yaqoub Popoola
A Divisional Police Officer was nearly lynched when members of Drivers Union protested the killing of one of their members by armed robbers in Ekiti
The unfortunate incident which occurred at  Aramoko Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti  in the early hours of Wednesday .
The victim ,Toyin Philips , was the driver of an 18- seater owned by the late Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Mr Omolafe Aderiye, who was assassinated in September, 2014 by unknown gunmen, which fuelled suspicion that the
driver could have died under similar circumstance.

The incident, which happened few metres away from a police  checkpoint
along Aramoko-Igede highway at about 7 am ,had  provoked members of
the National Union of Road Transport Workers, who  staged a protest
against what they described as alleged police complicity in the
robbery .

The visibly enraged drivers, according to reliable sources,  were said
to have descended heavily on the Divisional Police Officer in the
Council, Mr Anthony Okpaleye, stripped him naked and destroyed two
police vans during the rampage.

Rattled by the widespread suspicion that the matter was more of an
assassination than robbery, the State government hurriedly summoned a
security meeting, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola.

The meeting was attended by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Etop James,
Director of Department of State Services, Mr Duke Fubara , other
security heads and the driver unions.

Recounting how the robbery took place at the meeting, the NURTW
Chairman in Ekiti, Mr Adekola Clement , revealed that the driver had
just driven a few metres away from a police checkpoint  when robbers
were said to have emerged from both sides of the road and rained
bullets on the vehicle.

“The driver was said to have lost control when the bullets hit him in
the chest and the bus rolled into the bush. We appeal that the police
should be more concerned about how to protect our members than to be
extorting money from them.

“The fact that robbery had earlier happened at that spot around 3 am
today should have made the police to be on alert”, he said.

The Commissioner of Police, however, assured that investigations into
the matter has commenced in earnest, assuring that  no efforts will be
spared to ensure that the security of the state, particularly places
identified as flashpoints would is fortified.

The Deputy Governor told the Commissioner of Police to deploy more
patrol teams to the Aramoko-Ijero and Aramoko –Igede axes that are
becoming dens for armed robbers in recent time and warn his men and
officers against  unprofessional conducts.

Based on the issue raised by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr
Kehinde Odebunmi that some Fulani herdsmen were not only wreaking
havoc on valuable crops, but involving in robbery,  Olusola urged the
security chiefs to treat all suspicious issues relating to robbery
holistically to ensure that peace is returned to the state.

“We want to appeal to the police to investigate the matter thoroughly
and bring the perpetrators to book. Our government is seriously
concerned because when life is lost, it gives the impression that
Ekiti is not secured.

“Our State has witnessed relative peace in the last seven months and
when the evil doers would like to come when they realize that a place
is peaceful. We should all be vigilant and cooperate with the police
to make Ekiti safe.

“I want to say that the police have been doing their best but they
need to be warned against unethical practices. It is like they are
smearing the image of the force and this should not be tolerated”, he

Assuring that the perpetrators of the dastardly act would be
unraveled, the security chiefs promised to redouble their efforts to
prevent influx of criminals into the state from the neighbouring