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Pandemonium struck in Ekiti as commercial drivers boil over arrest of colleague by Governor Fayose

Pandemonium struck today and peace was breached in Ekiti state as members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers went on a violent protest over the detention of a member of the union by order of the state governor, Ayodele Fayose.

As reported by Premium Times that Ahmed Kolo was arrested and arraigned for a rude conduct to the governor.

It was reported that on September 24 around Ajilosun area in Ado Ekiti, Ahmed was said to have driven recklessly against the Governor who was driving himself at that time.

He was immediately arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate Court for traffic offences.

The violent members of NURTW said the arraignment was against the promise the governor made that Ahmed had been forgiven.

“One of us was shot at Ajilosun very close to Fayose market. There is no way we won’t revenge the killing. We are even going to burn down police station if that boy dies,” a driver who would not want to named told reporters on Tuesday.

The violent protest featured shooting and display of other dangerous weapons as the show of displeasure continues. Stones were thrown at the anti-riot policemen dispatched to restore law and order.

The Policemen, however, restored normalcy to the area after about three hours though shop owners at the Erekesan market shut their stores and fled for safety.

Modupe Alade, the Secretary to the State Government said the driver was rude to the governor and refused to apologise, saying his action resulted in his arrest and arraignment for the traffic offence.

She said; “This driver drove recklessly against the convoy and he was arrested. Rather than apologising, he was rude to the governor.

“The governor asked them to come and apologise, but they refused. The governor as a no-nonsense person who won’t tolerate any threat from anybody. And not until he apologised, he won’t be released.”

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