The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has distanced itself from the alleged nefarious activities of the Park Management System (PMS) in Oyo State.
The union was reacting to reports labelling it with atrocities allegedly committed by the PMS.
Mayhem was let loose in the Iwo Road area of Ibadan earlier in the week as phone sellers clashed with operatives of the PMS, leading to the death of at least one person.
The aggrieved later marched on to the office of Oyo governor Seyi Makinde in protest.
Deputy General Secretary of NURTW, Suleiman Musa, in a statement said Mukaila Lamidi popularly known as “Auxiliary”, who was appointed by Mr Makinde to lead the PMS, had been expelled from the union since 2011.
It emphasised that the governor had proscribed the NURTW in the state since May 31, 2019, distancing itself from the atrocities allegedly committed by the PMS.
“We view the persistent reports linking us with alleged nefarious activities of the PMS as highly unacceptable.
“We are calling on the Oyo State Government to do the needful on allegations against the PMS to prevent avoidable clash resulting in wanton destruction of properties and loss of lives.
“NURTW is a body of law-abiding individuals making a living in the transport sector and averse to all forms of violent activities capable of jeopardising our source of livelihood,” it said.
It said that the constitution of the union was very clear in dealing with identified dissidents or bad eggs, saying such was evident in the expulsion of the current PMS leader.
The union appealed to the media and the general public to stop attributing alleged excesses of the PMS to the NURTW.
It said that the union remains committed to the promotion and sustenance of peace at all times, saying the breach of peace would deprive its members of the opportunity to earn their living in the industry.