RTEAN Crisis: Aggrieved Members Petitions IGP, Others Over Alleged Threat To Life

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A faction of the Lagos State Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), has called on the Inspector -General Of Police, IGP Mohammed Adam ,to urgently direct the state Commissioner of Police to investigate and execute a court order compelling Alhaji Musa Mohammed and his executves to stop parading themselves as executive members of the Association.

The faction also alleged threat to their  lives and attempted murder by Musa and his executive members .

The aggrieved members, which include; Alhaji Sulaimon Onabanjo, Caretaker Chairman, Comrade Augustine Akhigbe, Caretaker secretary  and two other persons have  therefore  urged the IGP to investigate alleged embezzlement of N4 billion belonging to the association by Musa and his cohort.

However, Musa denied the allegations , saying there was no court order binding him to vacate office and that his executive neither threatened any member’s life or embezzled the Association money . 

According to the Caretaker Committee members,  Mohammed ‘boys’ had resorted to molesting, harassing, and dehumanising members of the association who have  now gone  into hiding because of the numerous threats to  their lives.

The committee said trouble started when the five years tenure of Mohammed expired as the State chairman and he refused to step down as required by the constitution.

 RTEAN has been fictionalized between a group led by Muhammed  and another group led by Alhaji Sulaimon.

It was gathered that since the election, RTEAN had not known peace; the election has been a subject of litigation since October, 2019.

The aggrieved  members ,however ,claimed that Justice Sanusi Kado of  the National Industrial Court, Abuja while ruling in the suit with No nICN/275/2019 asked Musa Mohammed and six of his cohorts not to parade themselves and hold themselves as officers of RTEAN.

The court gave the ruling after the Caretaker Committee Chairman and the three other members approached the court to stop Mohammed from parading himself as the State chairman.

While appealing to the IGP and the Lagos State Commissioner of police, the aggrieved group said the state chairman has maimed, disfigured and injured some of their members who are now receiving treatments in various hospitals.

“ After sending his boys to destroy some of the properties of the Caretaker Commitee Chairman at Ikorodu, and also threatened some of the members of the committee, Mohammed has also vowed to exterminate and erase the chairman off the earth.

“We urged the IGP to use his good office to arrest, investigate and bring the culprits to book accordingly and promptly”, the Caretaker Commitee said.

In his reaction,  Mohammed said the allegations were laughable as  there was no court order binding him to vacate office. 

According to him, the order that the faction referred to has since elapsed without him being served. 

“ The group of people who went to court consisted of aggrieved members who connived with the dismissed former President in Abuja to tarnish our image.

“There is however , an instant order from Justice O.Y Anuwe, of the National Industrial Court Of Nigeria, Abuja Division, stating that parties are to maintain peace and harmony. The court also ordered that members  also must not disrupt the peace of the union and the larger society.

Justice Anuwe ,also ordered parties to obey the law and not do anything unlawful that may be seen as disobedience to the laws of the land.

Mohammed  added that election has been conducted where himself and some other members of his former executive members have been returned and given certificate of returns.

“ The election was conducted according to our constitution .Registration was done ,forms were sold and voting was done. In our constitution ,there is nothing like caretaker committee . Once a tenure elapses ,election will be conducted . I emerged the winner and there is no controversy about the elections .I have been congratulated by relevant authorities . There is no crisis in RTEAN, those who are aggrieved can approach the Appeal court to register their grievances, they are also welcomed back if they decided to return to the association. They are our brothers ,we have forgiven them of their mistakes .If they come back ,we will still accept them .Our association is a peaceful one and we don’t want any disunity “.

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