By Tunde Sanni in Ibadan
Oyo State Deputy Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Kamorudeen Beyioku, who was shot by unknown gunmen in Ibadan, has died.
Beyioku, who died exactly a week after assailants shot him, was said to have been rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan where he died at the weekend.
It was gathered that medical personnel battled in vain for four days to save his life at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.
The ICU, a reliable source at the hospital disclosed, was under the siege of armed policemen, who kept vigil whilst the NURTW was there in the event the assailants might sneak in to finish their unaccomplished mission.
While explaining why the police had to fortify the hospital’s ICU, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ayodele Lanade, said it was to prevent the gunmen from coming to complete the killing during treatment.
Lanade, who said he was yet to be fully briefed on the development, assured that the police would launch full scale investigation into the circumstances, which led to the attack on the NURTW chief.
Beyioku came into public limelight when he was inaugurated as the Deputy Chairman in the newly constituted State Administrative Council (SAC) for the union in the state to supplant the regime of Alhaji Lateef Akinsola (aka Tokyo).
The Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (aka Fele)- led SAC was sworn in by the National President of the union, Alhaji Nojeem Usman Yasin, to steer the affairs of the union in the state for the next four years.
Tokyo has been strident in his opposition on the constitution of the new regime in the NURTW, pointing to various court judgments, which maintained that he was yet to complete his tenure in the union.
The administration of former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, had relieved the regime of Tokyo in the union, following agitations among commercial drivers that he has overstayed his tenure in the union.
The embattled former NURTW chief has headed to the National Industrial Court (NIC) which described Alao-Akala action illegal and ordered the reinstatement of Tokyo to office.