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In Ekiti Power struggle sees RTEAN boss murdered

An RTEAN boss has been killed after being hit on the head with a stone over the dissolution of a unit EXCO.

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News reports have revealed the death of the Deputy Chairman of the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria, Akure Branch in Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Ojo Ogunsakin in a battle for control of power in the union.

Ogunsakin was killed on Sunday, March 12, 2017, after he was hit on the head with a stone by a Unit Chairman of the branch popularly called Adeco.

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Punch reports that the murder sparked violent protests from Ogunsakin's supporters, forcing the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe, to deploy armed policemen to the scene and close down the park

According to the reports, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers within the premises were reportedly denied access to the motor park.

The remains of the deceased have since been deposited at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital morgue, Ado Ekiti, with the culprit detained at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti.

Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, March 13, 2017, the RTEAN State Chairman, Mr. Samuel Agbede, explained that trouble began when the unit executive chaired by Adeco was dissolved over offences which bordered on ‘corruption, autocratic tendencies, and high-handedness.

He said, “Adeco had been reported by members of his executive to the branch chairman that he was too autocratic to deal with. They also accused him of corruption. The branch EXCO had sat on this case three times and warned him to retrace his steps and work in line with our constitution.

“Last Friday when this case was brought again for the fourth time, the branch Exco resolved that the unit Exco should be dissolved. The deceased was one of those who supported the idea to curb Adeco’s excesses.

“It was after this that he started threatening to deal with the late Ogunsakin and a hot argument ensued. As they were arguing, Adeco just lifted a big stone and ran after the deceased and hit him in the head and he fell immediately.

“He was first taken to Assumpta Hospital where he was referred to EKSUTH before he finally died on Sunday night.”

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Agbede went on to urge members of the union to be law abiding and be assured that the culprit would be brought to justice.

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