A chieftain of National Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos State branch, Mr Mustapha Adekunle a.k.a Sego has reacted to a recent media publication which described him as a fugitive who is being wanted by the police.
A particular newspaper had recently reported that Adekunle was on the wanted list of the police over alleged role in a violence which occurred early this year during a rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The violence which was reported to have been bloody recorded so many casualties who sustained various degrees of injury, including another chieftain of the union, Mr Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya. a.k.a MC Oluomo who was stabbed at the neck and consequently rushed to Eko hospital before being flown abroad for proper medical care.
However, Adekunle who spoke to our correspondent on phone, debunked the story, saying it was a fallacious news orchestrated by his enemies at the union to blackmail him and drag his name in the mud with a view to work against his recent appointment by the national body of the union as a member of the caretaker committee of the union in Lagos.
“The news that i am being wanted by the police is fallacious and misleading. First, let me clear here that, i am not on the wanted list of the police. The issue they were referring to was the violence which occurred in one of the APC rallies in which myself and Alhaji MC Oluomo were the targets of the aggressors. This issue was reported to the police by those who actually masterminded the attack with a view to implicate me. The police instead of carrying out due investigation on the matter decided to take side with the mastermind of the crisis.
“They went over board to declare me wanted for an offence i never committed. Because of this, i confronted the police to clear my name. Alhaji MC Oluomo who was the prime victim of the organised attack also testified to exonerate of any wrong doing. The police sensing that they had goofed on the matter tactically withdrew their statement against me. And since then, i have been going about my legitimate activities as a law abiding citizen.
“It is now funny to hear now that i am being wanted by the police. The question to ask those who are sponsoring the malicious story and the newspaper which published the story is that, why is such story coming up now that i am being made a member of the caretaker committee of Lagos NURTW ? If i am being wanted, how come the Nigeria police have not arrested me all this while that i have been moving freely about and carrying out my business activities ? At least, it is in the public knowledge that, i don’t live a fugitive life as i go out to attend social functions, business engagements, religious activities without any fear. Recently, i have been going to Abuja for Union activities and each time i go, i go through the airport, to and fro. So, if i am wanted, why have police arrested me? These are the questions to ask.
“Anyway, i know this is the handiwork of my enemies within Lagos NURTW who are not happy about my appointment as a caretaker member of the union. They were the ones who sponsored the malicious media story”, he said.
However, Adekune disclosed that he has instructed his lawyers to commence legal action against the newspaper that publish the defamatory story about him.