The Ekiti State Police Command have warned the leadership of the state chapter of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) to stop members from unleashing violence on people of the state, failing which arrests will be made.
Handing down the warning, yesterday, while fielding questions from journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Victor Babayemi said the police would not fold its arms and allow the crisis to threaten the security and relative peace being enjoyed in the state.
The union members had last Friday protested in Ado-Ekiti, in an attempt to remove their state Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Olabiwonu, on the premise that he had spent nine years on the position, contrary to the eight years specified in the union’s constitution.
During the protest which dragged on till Sunday, the members accused Olabiwonu of highhandedness and allegedly converting the union into his private property.
However, Babayemi told journalists that the crisis was allowed to trample upon the rights of other citizens with the way the protest had been causing traffic logjam in the state capital.
According to him, “We are aware of individuals’ rights to protest, but such protest should not trample on the rights of other citizens.
“But we are warning that we will arrest the leaders of the union and heads of units should the crisis drag on. We owe Ekiti people a duty to keep peace at all times and this we will do to ensure security of lives and property of the populace.”
He therefore urged the aggrieved RTEAN members to adhere strictly to the resolution arrived at during a meeting held with them on Saturday by the state government and police top hierarchy in an effort to stem the gale of violence rocking the union. [Thisday]