Court bars NURTW from forcing stickers on transport operators

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The National Industrial Court has restrained the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) from demanding for stickers from transporters in Offa, Kwara State, before they can operate in the area.

It is recalled that the state branch of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) had dragged the NURTW to the National Industrial Court for engaging in acts capable of breaching peace and security in the ancient city, seeking an order restraining the body.

The two transport unions had engaged in a bloody fracas over who controls motor parks in Offa town which led to destruction of property.

Following the fracas, the police waded in and arrested some suspects who were arraigned in court.

Pending the matter in court, the RTEAN, through its lawyer, S.S. Umoh, had dragged the NURTW before the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos seeking “for an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants, their servants, agents and or privies from further preventing members of the first applicants from loading their vehicles in Offa pending the determination of the motion on notice.”

The RTEAN alleged that the NURTW prevented its members from operating transport business, saying that members were compelled to pay for tickets branded with NURTW before they could load their vehicles.

Consequently, Justice F.I. Kola-Olarere, on September 2, granted the order.

The second injunction also restrained NURTW from preventing members of RTEAN from loading in Offa pending the determination of motion on notice.

The RTEAN, in a letter through its lawyer and signed by S.S. Umoh and made available to journalists, on Tuesday, urged the police to enforce the order to avert another breach of peace and security.

It also sought for intervention of police to bring to effect the interim order by National Industrial Court against NURTW and 15 others in suit No. NICN/IB/57/2015 to pave way for a lasting peace in Offa motor parks in particular and Kwara State in general.

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