Eight executive members of Road Transport Employees Association Nigeria (RTEAN), Ogun State chapter, have raised the alarm over the alleged threat to their lives by the state chairman of the Association, Hammed Kuku.
The executive members also alleged that Kuku, otherwise known as Aboki, has been using security agents, especially the police to intimidate and harass them over their stance against his “incompetent leadership, corruption, gross misconduct and abuse of office”.
The state secretary of RTEAN in Ogun State, Tiwalade Akingbade, raised this alarm on Wednesday while briefing newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Akingbade, listed Kayode Inaolaji, deputy state chairman (operation), Munirudeen Jimoh, deputy treasurer, Folami Folarin, state vice chairman, Yahya Oriyomi, state auditor, Akeem Kolawole, state trustee, Kayode Kehinde, Kuto Motor Park chapel chairman and Akibu Titilayo (Efele), as other executive members being threatened by Kuku.
He explained that their travails had begun with the vote of no confidence passed in Kuku’s leadership and his eventual suspension by 42 members, including the state executive committee and chapel chairmen in December 2018.
The secretary added that the chairman, who had been alleged of incompetence, gross misconduct, corruption and abuse of office, was again in January 2019 through a letter, asked to step down for proper investigation by the association, but remained adamant and resorted to threats as well as unleashing security agents against his perceived opponents.
Akingbade, however, disclosed that petitions had been written to the Department of State Security (DSS) and Ogun State Police Command on the matter and appealed to them to wade into the matter before it degenerates into crisis.
When contacted yesterday, Kuku said that he neither issued threats nor used security agents to intimidate his state executive members.
He also denied the allegations of corruption, incompetent leadership, abuse of office and gross misconduct leveled against him by the executive members, describing allegations as “baseless”.
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