Commercial drivers in Ekiti protest against Fayose, shut down roads


Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) protested in Ekiti. 

The protest started on Monday morning after the group accused the governor, Ayo Fayose, of high handedness and the arrest of one of its members. The driver who was arrested was reportedly accused of driving careless when the governor was on the road and he was arrested and arraigned at the Ado-Ekiti Magistrates’ Court for traffic offence. 

 The group kicked against the members arrest, barricaded the streets and started a burn fire that lasted more than 24 hours. One of the protesters was reportedly shot during the protest.

A protesters, who spoke with the New Telegraph, said: “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.” 

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Modupe Alade, while addressing the issue, said the driver who was arrested was not only driving carelessly but was very rude to the governor and refused to apologise. Alade said: "The governor as a no nonsense person won’t tolerate any threat from anybody. And not until he apologises, he won’t be released." However, the police in the state denied that any of the protesters were shot.




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