By Olaolu Bilau
Certainly, these are not the best of times for embattled former Oyo State National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) leader, Mukaila Lamidi a.k.a. ‘Auxilliary’.
While he is currently in the custody of the Lagos State Police Command for alleged illegal possession of firearms and could be charged to court soon, the Oyo State Police Command also has an axe to grind with Lamidi.
The police in the pacesetter state confirmed it has questions to ask the strongman of Ibadan – based transport workers.
In a telephone interview with WESTERN POST, Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Bisi Ilobanafor said the former NURTW boss has some allegations to clear with the state police command.
The police spokeswoman stated that Lamidi would be handed over to the command after facing the charges against him in Lagos.
On whether the questions for the embattled former union leader had to do with the June 4, 2011 mayhem at Iwo Road, Ibadan where lives were lost and properties destroyed, Ilobanafor said: “I can’t be specific, but there are so many cases pending against him. As soon as the Lagos State Police Command is done with him, they will hand him over to us to face the charges”.
‘Auxilliary’ was arrested on May 10 this year by operatives of the Lagos State Special Anti-Robbery (SARS), at Olodo Area of Ibadan on allegations of unlawful possession of an English pistol and an Ak-47 rifle.
An illegal arms dealer, Abdulazeez Amao arrested with guns concealed in bags of yam flour was said to have confessed to selling the firearms to the former NURTW strongman, a charge Lamidi did not deny.