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Lagos bans NURTW as Iyaloja laments looting of shops  

LAGOS State Government, on Tuesday, suspended the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) activities at Eyin Eyo, Church Street and Idumota Bridge, in Lagos Island, indefinitely.


The indefinite suspension became necessary following violence in those areas.


Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka announced the suspension.


Fayinka stated this at a stakeholders meeting comprising NURTW, Central Business District, CBD, and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) held at Alausa, Ikeja, to address the crisis often caused by activities of transport union members.


 Fayinka meted out the ban to prevent further acts of violence at Idumota, adding that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume at Eyin Eyo.


To prevent further acts of violence at Idiomatic, Fayinka explained that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume work at Eyin Eyo.


He said the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) will station an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic Rules and Regulations and to enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.


Also suspended are the activities of the transport union at Church Street and John Street particularly Keke Marwa and Mini Buses (Korope).


The Transport Special Adviser added that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in collaboration with the State Police Command will ensure the safety of lives in the area.


‘State Security Operatives are hereby put on Red Alert to ensure Safety and Security of lives and property in Lagos Island and environs’ Fayinka stated.


Responding, Alhaja Risikat Odumosu, the Iya Oloja, Lagos Island, expressed her displeasure at the wanton looting and destruction of their goods in shops around Idumota area while begging the State Government to come to their rescue adding that they will not stand back and watch their properties destroyed by miscreants.


Earlier, the national body of the union said it may suspend its activities in the state.


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