Just a day after Governor Ademola Adeleke was sworn in as Osun State governor, hooligans armed with guns and other dangerous weapons attacked motor parks in Osogbo, the State’s capital, causing tension.
Reports show that the hoodlums, alleged to be supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) launched attacks on four motor parks in Oke-Baale, Old-Garage, Ilesa Garage and Aregbe Garage simultaneously.
They claimed that the union leaders were loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and must give way to loyalists of the new administration.
Ten members and executives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) sustained injuries while two policemen sustained bullet injuries when the parks were attacked on Sunday.
The attacks continued on Monday with sporadic gunshots at the parks as the hoodlums attempted to take control of the union’s secretariat
Union members were chased from the park at Old Garage towards Ayetoro area with guns and cutlasses leading business owners to close shops. School gates were hurriedly closed too with a car razed.
Adeleke, in a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, directed union leaders to maintain peace across parks, warning against violence.
“All union leaders and their supporters are hereby directed to remain calm and bring any grievances to the State Government for resolution. Security agencies are consequently directly to maintain law and order,” the Governor stated.