Police arrests NURTW gang leader, Istijaba, others

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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Following up on earlier warning by Lagos State Government for trouble makers to steer clear of the metropolis, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) this afternoon arrested one of the leaders of Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria (TOOAN), Alhaji Azeez Abiola, alias Istijaba and four suspects for attempting to cause mayhem in Agege just as it recovered a pump action gun in the area.

Alhaji Azeez Abiola, alias istijaba was arrested along with Yusuf Azeez, a.k.a Araba (42), Kazeem Akinbode a.k.a Womi (43), Taofiq Odewale, a.k.a Omo Iya Agba (38) and Moses Abiodun, a.k.a Orobo (34).

Alhaji Azeez Abiola alias Istijaba

Istijaba is the Chairman of Zone C of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) under the leadership of Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya alias MC Oluomo. He has is office around Command Road, Ajasa, a stone throw to the Meiran Police Station. Within the last three months, Istijaba and his boys have been responsible for disturbing the peace of Agege, Abule-Egba, Command, and Alagbado where his boys have always caused mayhem. Late last year, one such mayhem led to the death of two people, one of them a 10 year old boy at Command-Ipaja area. A policeman was also beaten to a coma. It took the detachment of the RRS almost a week to bring the situation to normalcy.

On Thursday, Istijaba and his boys again were arrested in Agege while leading a team of supporters to NURTW headquarters in Agege, an action which the authority believed would trigger violence and chaos in other parts of the metropolis.

Other hoodlums arrested

When he was arrested by the police, a pump action gun was recovered from the area where some of his supporters who fled to evade arrest were standing.

The State Government had earlier today warned that it would deal decisively with people trying to foment trouble in Agege and Abule Egba after it got intelligence report that some hoodlums were trying to cause pandemonium.

While Government appealed to aggrieved persons to explore legitimate channels to seek redress, it directed Commander, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi to reinforce patrol of Agege and Abule Egba in order to forestall breakdown of law and order.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi has directed CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi to transfer the suspects and the exhibit to the State Command for further investigations.

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