Makinde shuts motor parks, as police raid Auxiliary’s residence
Major motor parks in Ibadan the capital of Oyo State, including two Bus Terminus at Ojoo and Challenge, were shut down, yesterday, on the directives of Governor Seyi Makinde.
This is coming barely 24 hours after the governor announced the dissolution of the Park Management System (PMS) and the sack of Mukaila Adeyemo, aka Auxiliary, who was until his removal on Monday, the chairman of the transport management system in the state.
The parks were also manned by armed security agents, including officials of Amotekun, who disclosed to The Guardian that they were acting on the directives of the governor.
Findings revealed that part of the agreement Makinde had with all the stakeholders that supported him to have a successful second term, was to curb the excesses of Auxiliary, who had turned himself into a terror, especially in Ibadan.
After his victory, Governor Makinde had tried to unite members of the PMS, headed by Auxiliary and the rival group, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), but Auxiliary and his gang refused, frowning that the NURTW did not participate in support of Makinde during the electioneering period and therefore “cannot be a beneficiary of the victory.”
The PMS gang became so audacious to the extent of attacking members of the NURTW, who were invited on the order of Makinde to the inauguration ceremony held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium formerly known as the Liberty Stadium on Monday. It was also confirmed that the PMS members went as far as challenging the governor’s authority by attacking NURTW at another location where they were all invited to celebrate Makinde’s re-election.
The development infuriated Makinde, who immediately ordered the dissolution of PMS and sack of Auxiliary. Perhaps security reports after that must have forced the governor to direct immediate closure of all motor parks in Ibadan yesterday.
Still embarrassed with the conduct of the PMS, the governor allegedly directed the raid of Auxiliary’s residence to prevent outburst of violence in the state.
Following the development, police stormed Olodo, Ibadan residence of Auxiliary, where dangerous weapons, ammunition and other incriminating items were recovered.
The Police raided the residence, shooting sporadically to dislodge Auxiliary’s lieutenants before gaining entry to his apartment.
Many pump action rifles and other weapons were recovered while some of the loyalists in the house were arrested.
Auxiliary who loomed large till yesterday, was said to have escaped being arrested and his whereabouts are yet unknown.
While parading the suspects, made up of 49 males and 29 females, spokesperson for the Command, Adewale Osifeso, told newsmen at Police Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan that during the raid sophisticated firearms were recovered inside the hotel rooms and in the trunk compartment of parked vehicles within the hotel.
He, however, said the PMS Chieftain was able to escape with some of his boys during a gun duel with the police.
The Command urged residents to cooperate with the police and provide useful information to help apprehend the sacked PMS chieftain, adding that residents shall witness high octane patrols, coordinated stop and search along designated points in the state.