Oyo State council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has said that its chairman, Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (Fele), was not the NURTW chief arrested with military and police uniforms contrary to rumour doing the round.
In a statement issued in Ibadan, on Sunday, the union confirmed that the suspended chairman of the NURTW, Saki interstate branch, Alhaji Kazeem Aderibigbe, popularly known as Kazeem Iwo, was arrested but many people mistook him for the state council chairman.
The statement read in part, “The news item reporting the arrest of Alhaji Aderibigbe was captioned ‘Oyo NURTW chieftain arrested with military, police uniforms, weapons’ and many people went to town saying that Alhaji Fele has been arrested.
“The union wishes to state categorically that Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (Fele), who has just returned to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia, where he participated in the lesser hajj, was not involved in any illegal activity and, therefore, could not have been arrested by security agencies.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Alhaji Oyerinde is a peace-loving and law-abiding person which is one of the factors responsible for the peace that has been synonymous with the NURTW since his assumption of office.”
While assuring all the citizens of Oyo State of the determination of the union to maintain the peace, the statement also urged members of the union to be law-abiding and to refrain from anything that could tarnish the image of the union.