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NURTW crisis: ‘No one can suspend me on social media’ – MC Oluomo

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The chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW)Mr. Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, has dismissed his purported suspension by the national body of the association, saying no one can suspend him on social media.

Reacting to the said suspension through his spokesman, Jimoh Buhari, MC Oluomo said he was yet to receive any letter from its national headquarters.

In a letter dated March 9, 2022 and signed by its General Secretary, Kabiru Yau, the NURTW had said Oluomo was been suspended indefinitely for gross misconduct amongst other offences.

Recall that MC Oluomo and the national body have been at logger heads over the recognition given the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria, TOOAN.

The difference between them boiled over following allegations that the state chairman of TOOAN, Alhaji Azeez Abiola, aka Istijabah was assaulted at the Lagos State NURTW secretariat allegedly on the orders of the embattled Lagos boss.

MC Oluomo had denied any role in the alleged assault.

In the letter dated March 9th, 2022, the national leadership said MC Oluomo was not apologetic over the issues between the state and national bodies.

The letter reads: “This is to convey to you that in line with Article 42 section 5, subsection I, II, III, IV, V, and VIII of the union’s constitution, you have been placed on indefinite suspension from office as State Chairman of Lagos State Council of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) with effect from March 9th, 2021.

“Your suspension is the sequel to sustained acts of insubordination and gross misconduct coupled with your clandestine plans to instigate crisis and unleash mayhem on any branch or branches of the union in Lagos state that refuses to obey your order or instructions not to accept directives from the national headquarters of the Union.

“Your orchestrated plan to attack branches that may disobey your orders aforesaid will ultimately endanger public peace and order in Lagos state. It is also very likely to threaten and/or affect the lives and property of the peace-loving people of Lagos state, particularly those doing their legitimate businesses within motor parks, hence the urgent need to take drastic actions against him.

“It is on record that you were earlier issued with queries on 25th of February 2022 and 3rd of March, 2022 respectively in which you were directed to explain the circumstances surrounding your untoward actions and to also show cause why disciplinary actions should not be taken against you for such acts of insubordination. You bluntly neglected/refuse to respond to the second query, while your response to the first query was unsatisfactory.

“Given your suspension, you are hereby directed to hand over the mantle of leadership of the Lagos State Council to the State Deputy Chairman and also surrender all Union properties in your possession to the State Secretary of the Union forthwith,” the NURTW said of its decision to suspend MC Oluomo.

However, Buhari who spoke to journalists on Thursday, said his principal has not received any letter to the effect of the reported suspension.

“As far as we are concerned, we are not aware of the suspension because we have not received any letter from the national leadership,” he said.

“A leader of an organisation cannot be suspended on social media. MC Oluomo is going into a meeting at the moment and he is going to chair the meeting.”

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