Police arrest NURTW President over unknown cause, says order from above

Police arrest NURTW President over unknown cause, says order from above

While the reason for their arrest remains unknown, the Police have arrested the National President of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Tajudeen Baruwa, and three other officers of the union in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja.

This was as armed policemen alongside operatives of Department of State Services, DSS on Friday evening, reportedly stormed the national secretariat of the NURTW located at Garki 2 Abuja and ordered all occupants to vacate the building.

According to sources, the police who have not given any reasons for the sudden arrests, sealed the building after the occupants vacated the promises.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Saturday, the Deputy President of the union, Mr Isa Ore, confirmed the development while noting that no reason was given for the arrest by the police.

Isa, while expressing shock over the recent development, said the union was preparing for the inauguration and swearing-in of the newly elected members of the National Administrative Council of the NURTW when the incident happened.

He said, “We were shocked to see the policemen in their number locking our secretariat without giving them a reason.

” Today, Saturday, we are preparing for the inauguration and swearing in of the newly elected National Administrative Council members, but we just saw police, and they asked us to leave the premises. They said it was an order from above and detained our President and other leaders at the Wuse Police Station.”

Isah who gave the names of the other three officials arrested with the NURTW president as General Secretary, Anthony Asogwa Chukudi, Olayi Odion, National Trustee, Principal Assistant Secretary, Abdulrasak Yemi said, “I have called the FCT Commissioner of Police but he said he was not in town”

He added that the officers are currently being detained at the Wuse Zone 3 Division.

In another story, President of the Students’ Union Government at the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Anele Miracle, has explained why he has decided to surround himself by bodyguards.

Miracle, while speaking in a recent interview said the body guards seen with him students and members of the Man O’ War who have been kitted up to add more dignity and value to the office of the students union government.

The SU president debunked rumours arising from his recent viral photos that his body guards were armed.

He stated that his bodyguards are ordinary students like himself and are not armed at all, adding that despite being recognized by the school, the management would not approve his bodyguards to be armed.

He said, “they are not armed bodyguards. They are normal students. You know the position of the office of the President is accompanied by a lot of respect and dignity. So for me, I decided to add more value to the office just to make sure that the beauty of the office comes out. And they (bodyguards) are normal students, members of the Man O’ War. So, the only thing we do is just to make sure that we kit them up to look more respectable and more valued. They are just for occasions, you know. You saw me working around, and I don’t think you saw me walking with anybody or people gathered around me.”

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