20 NURTW Members Arrested For Blocking Road


The police on Sunday arrested 20 members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State for allegedly blocking Sokoto-Illela road on Saturday.

Alhaji Adisa Bolanta, the Commissioner of Police in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Sunday that they obstructed free movement of motorists along the road for about five hours.

He said they would be charged to court today for breaching the peace.

“We will not tolerate any act capable of disrupting peace the state was known for. Anyone found wanting will be prosecuted,” Bolanta said, stressing that the suspects took the laws into their hands by blocking the road.

“There are several channels where aggrieved members of the public can solve their differences amicably without disturbing others.

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“We will not allow people to take laws into their hands as the command has adopted security measures aimed at enhancing peace, progress and political stability of the seat of the caliphate.”

Alhaji Garba Sabon-Gari, the Chairman of Illela Local Government, had dissolved the executive of the union and appointed a caretaker committee to run its affairs pending the conduct of fresh elections.

Sabon-Gari said the four-year tenure of the executive had since expired and that the local government received a petition to that effect from some members.

He stressed that the dissolution was not political but done in the best interest of peace and security of the area and Sokoto State in general.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that some members of the union had engaged in street protests over the dissolution of the leadership of the union by the council.

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