An end may not be in sight to the crisis rocking the Oyo State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), as the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan , the Oyo State capital, has ordered the state Police Command to re-instate Alhaji Lateef Akinsola (a.k. a. Tokyo), as the chairman of the union in compliance with the judgement of the court.
In a letter dated 3rd September, 2012 and signed by A.A. Tahir, Deputy Chief Registrar of the court, it urged the police to implement the court judgement delivered by Justice Johnson Shakarho on 25th May, 2012.
The letter which was addressed to the state Commissioner of Police and copied the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 11, titled, “Application for Police Assistance in respect of the execution of court order in suit number FHC/IB/CS/30/2012”, stated, “ kindly avail the bailiff of this Honourable Court with the police assistant in executing the court judgement delivered by this Honourable Court on 25th May 2012.”
It will be recalled that Justice Shakarho in a judgement delivered on the 25th May, 2012, declared that the proscription of the National Union Road Transport Workers in Oyo State was a violation of Tokyo’s fundamental human rights as enshrined in section 33, 40, and 42 of the 1999 constitution and article 3, 4, 5, 10 and 22 of the African chapter of human and people’s rights.”
The judge then declared his removal as the chairman of the union in the state, “as ultra vires, unconstitutional, null and void, as NURTW is a trade Union Registered under the trade Union Act cap t14 LFN 2004.”