20 NURTW Members Arrested in Sokoto

August 22, 2011 – At least 20 members of the Nation Union of Road transport Workers (NURTW) were, on Sunday, arrested for allegedly obstructing movement along the Sokoto – IIIela road yesterday.

Adisa Bolanta, the state’s Commissioner of Police, said they stopped movement along the road for about five hours, adding that the 20 would be charged to court today for breaching the peace.

He stressed that the state would not tolerate “any act capable of disrupting peace the state was known for”, adding that anyone who did would be prosecuted.

“There are several channels where aggrieved members of the public can solve their differences amicably without disturbing others,” he said. “We will not allow people to take laws into their hands as the command has adopted security measures aimed at enhancing peace, progress and political stability of the seat of the caliphate.”

Earlier Garba Sabon-Gari, the Chairman of Illela Local Government (LG), had dissolved the executive of the union and appointed a caretaker committee to run its affairs pending conduct of fresh elections.

Some members of the NURTW, however, protested the dissolution.
Sabon-Gari said the dissolution was approved following a petition from some of NURTW members that the four-year tenure of the executive had expired.  He stressed that the dissolution was not political but done in the best interest of peace and security.(Daily Times)