Iwo Road traders call for Auxiliary to be removed, protest at Oyo Secretariat

After this week’s unrest at Iwo road, shop owners in the area have called for Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi (aka ‘Auxiliary’) to be removed from his position in the Park Management Service (PMS) because of his alleged involvement in the violent attacks that ended in the death of an innocent bystander on Wednesday.

When the governor visited the area to assess the situation, the traders expressed their displeasure with the behaviour of the PMS leadership and made the call for Auxiliary to be removed from the position.

In response, Governor Makinde assured the shop owners that an investigation into the unrest has already begun and that anyone responsible would be punished. He also promised to sanitize the area behind Iwo Road of the cultists who usually gather there and assured them that the Park Management System would be reviewed.

The governor was quoted saying; “I visited the scene of the Iwo Road incident this morning. The loss of lives during the mayhem that occurred is unfortunate and should never have happened. I give you my word that we will ensure that everyone involved in the dastardly act is brought to book.”

“I have ordered investigations. In the meantime, we will sanitize the area behind Iwo Road where cultists assemble and review the Park Management System. We have also informed the phone sellers to choose representatives who will discuss how we can assist them.”

In a related development, two separate groups protested at the Secretariat complex after the unrest at Iwo Road.

The first group was made up of women traders in Iwo road who made their entry into the Secretariat unannounced in several private vehicles, parked at different locations and then assembled at the governor’s office to protest the death of the son of one of their fellow shop owners.

After being barred from entering the governor’s office by security operatives, they moved to the entrance of the Oyo State House of Assembly to express their frustration at the senseless violence and the needless death of the young man.

Shortly after the first group left, another group of placard-carrying protesters marched to the Governor’s office demanding justice and appropriate punishment for perpetrators of the violence at Iwo Road.

After making their grievances known, they left and for the rest of the day, the main entrance to the Secretariat was left half-shut and an increased security presence was noticeable around the buildings within the Secretariat complex.

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