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Makinde’s Inauguration: Oyo Police Urge Residents Not To Panic As Tension Brews Over NURTW Possible Clash

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By Abiodun Ogunrinde, Ibadan

Oyo state Police Command has urged residents not to panic as fear gripped the state over possible attacks on
motor parks, garages and other strategic areas ahead of Seyi Makinde’s inauguration.

The attacks allegedly being coordinated by factional groups within the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) is targeted at removing the current executive members of the NURTW throughout the state. The attacks are also reportedly being planned ahead of the inauguration of the new government in the state.

But the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shina Olukolu urged residents to disregard the alleged break down of peace in the state by the leaders of NURTW on 29th of May, during the
inauguration of the incoming governor.

In a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, he re-assured people of the state that the police were on top of the situation and working closely with the state government, the union members both at the state and the national levels.

Olukolu said, “The attention of the police in Oyo State has been drawn to an unsigned, uncaptioned and updated statements going viral on the social media purported to cause imminent breakdown of law and order in Oyo State, ascribing to an unapproved means of change of leadership by the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

“The Police commissioner wishes to reassure the good people of Oyo State and the entire citizenry that the police in Oyo State is on top of the situation and are working closely in the synergy with the State government, the union members
both at the State and the National levels and other sisters security agencies.”

“People should continue to partner, support and synergise with the police, in particular, the entire security agencies to ensure that the relative peace being enjoyed in Oyo State is not truncated by misguided individuals or group.”

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