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Ondo NURTW boss release as Police intensifies Assembly fracas investigation

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Nigerian Police has released Ondo State chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Jacob Adebo, popularly known as ‘Idajo, as the state House of Assembly injured lawmakers roan in pains.

It was gathered that the NURTW boss left the security agency premises at about 1:50pm on Monday in company of his lawyer and other members of the transport union.

Adebo was released barely three days after been arrested and whisked to Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, FCIID in Alagbon, Lagos for interrogation.

The NURTW boss arrest came days after 16 aggrieved lawmakers petitioned the security agencies alleging that he led the hoodlums that disrupted activities at the State House of Assembly.

Earlier before his release, sources said that about six of the lawmakers including the speaker, Olamide George, and NURTW boss had a meeting with FCIID officers.

At the meeting, it was learned that Adebo alleged that he was been robbed into the crisis because on the day, he was returning from Oda Garage where he had gone to enforce payment of N40,000 levy.

Sources present at the meeting hinted that the NURTW boss stressed that on his way home, met a friend who alerted him of the crisis at the Assembly, adding, “and that rather than visit the venue, he left for his home and never participated in the act.”

Also at the meeting, the source added that the Speaker assured the law enforcement agency that they would not interfere in their investigation but wants anyone found guilty to be prosecuted.

The Speaker said that the lawmakers have absolute confidence in the law enforcement agency, saying, investigation has not been concluded.

Stressing that they cannot dictate to the police, George said: “We believe that the FCIID will do justice to the issue, the law of the land will speak and prosecution will be made. We are at peace with the police in what they are doing.

“It is not our prerogative power to keep the NURTW boss. The police has powers to do the needful on the case in interest of peace Ondo State,” George added.

Police reacts

FCIID Public Relation Officer, Niyi Ogundeyi, however, declined comment directing the correspondent to speak with the Commissioner of Police, FCIID.

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