NURTW Chairman Remanded In Prison Custody


A Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Ikeja, Southwest Nigeria, has issued a remand warrant for the detention in prison custody of the branch chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Cele-Okota/Isolo-Ejigbo branch, Lateef Nosiru a.k.a. Oluomo of Cele.

Chief Magistrate Olufemi Akintunde Isaac issued the detention order for Oluomo and six other members of NURTW, following their inability to perfect a N200,000 bail condition imposed on them in a three-count criminal charge of conspiracy, assault and unlawful possession of gun and ammunition.

Those ordered to be remanded are Nurudeen Oladejobi, 35, Abiola Ayoola, 28, Jamiu Ogunlana, 34, Suleiman Anifowose, 35, Hakeem Ogunlowo, 35, Lateef Nosiru a.k.a. Oluomo, and Tajudeen Soyoye, 48.

The police at Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, Lagos, took the seven members of the union before the court in charge No. MIK/A/73/2011, alleging that on 22 August, 2011, at about 9.30 a.m. at the NURTW office, Cele/Ikotun Phase II, the accused persons conspired with others now on the run and beat up Shina Afeshe, an offence punishable with terms of imprisonment under section 517 of the criminal code, cap 17, Vol.11 laws of Lagos State.

The police further alleged that when a team of police detectives swooped on the union members, one locally made double barrel gun and 20 rounds of live cartridges were found on them.

All the accused persons were granted bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

Each surety, accoding to the magistrate, must be responsible citizens with visible means of living. The sureties must each deposit N100,000 with the court and must produce three years tax clearance. Further hearing has been fixed for 29 September 2011.

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