There were mild tensions as hoodlums armed with guns and other dangerous weapons attacked motor parks in Osogbo, capital of Osun State.
According to reports, the hoodlums, on Monday, November 28, 2022, claiming to be supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) launched attacks on four motor parks in Oke-Baale, Old-Garage, Ilesa Garage, and Aregbe Garage simultaneously.
This is coming barely 24 hours after Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took over the state’s mantle of leadership from Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The hoodlums claimed the union leaders were loyal to the All Progressives Congress(APC) and must give way to loyalists of the new administration.
Ten members and executives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) sustained injuries while two policemen sustained bullet injuries when the parks were attacked on Sunday.
The attacks continued on Monday with sporadic gunfires at the parks as the hoodlums attempted to take control of the union’s secretariat.
At Old Garage, hoodlums chased union members from the park towards Ayetoro area with guns and cutlasses leading to business owners closing their shops. School gates were hurriedly closed too with a car razed.
Adeleke, in a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, directed union leaders to maintain peace across parks, warning against violence.
“All union leaders and their supporters are hereby directed to remain calm and bring any grievances to the State Government for resolution. Security agencies are consequently directly to maintain law and order,” the Governor stated.
Meanwhile, Adeleke has ordered the closure of the palaces of the Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo.
This was contained in the Executive Orders, signed by Governor Adeleke, and announced by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, on Monday, November 28, 2022.
The governor noted in Executive Order 5, that appointments into the three and other traditional ruler positions, made after July 17, 2022 have been put on hold pending review.
Adeleke also approved the constitution of review committees for the state of government affairs in the state.
He also reversed all appointments made in Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Boards, and Parastatals after July 17, 2022.