MC Oluomo, NURTW, 9 Others Drag To Court Over Union Levies

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A lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje has dragged the suspended chairman of Lagos State Chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Alhaji Musilu Akinsanya, a.k.a. MC Oluomo and nine others before a Lagos Federal High Court, over collection of Union Levies from drivers that are not members of the Unions.

Others listed as Oluomo’s co-respondents in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/224/2022 are: Registered Trustees Of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW); Registered Trustees Of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN); Registered Trustees Of Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO); Alhaji Musilu Akinsanya (a.k.a MC Oluomo); Alhaji Lawal Yusuf Othman; Lagos State Government; Attorney-General of Lagos State; Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and Director of State Security Service (SSS).

The lawyer, Ogungbeje, has filed the suit for himself and on behalf of a new transport union, Transport Union Society of Nigeria (TUSON), pursuant to section 33, 36, 40, and 46 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria; Order 4, Rules 3; 4(4)(5) and 11 of the fundamental rights enforcement procedure rules, 2009.

The motion Exparte was supported with 34 paragraphs affidavit deposed to by the lawyer.

Moving the suit’s Exparte motion before the court, today, Ogungbeje had asked the court for an order restraining the Respondents jointly and severally, whether by themselves, their agents, officials, servants privies, officers and/or whosoever called from forceful imposition, collection, extortion, further forceful imposition. extortion and collection of any transport Union levies. dues, fees or monies Motor-Parks levies, dues, fees or monies, Bus-Stop levies, dues. fees or monies, Vehicle Garage levies, dues, fees or monies or any Transport Union Monies, dues or levies from any person, commercial vehicle diver and or transporter that is not a member of the respondents in connection with the facts of this case pending the hearing and determination of the Substantive Originating Motion filed before this Honourable Court.

He also asked the court for an order restraining Lagos State Government and it’s  Attorney-General, jointly and severally, whether by themselves, their Ministries, Organs, agents, officials. servants, privies, officials, officers and/or howsoever called from further enforcement ard or implementation of the N800, 00, Transport Union levy due and money imposed on every transporter and commercial vehicle driver in Lagos State commenced on the 1st of February 2022, in connection with the facts of this case pending the hearing and determination of the substarive  originating motion filed before this Honourable Court.

He also asked the court for an order restraining all the respondents jointly and severally, whether by themselves, their agents, officials, servants, privies, officers and or howsoever called from arresting, detaining, harassing, embarrassing, humiliating, inviting, seizing and confiscating any commercial vehicle, disturbing and or intertertng with the lawful Transport Business operations of the Applicant and his Transport Union members in connection with the facts of this case pending the hearing and determination of the substantive Originating Motion filed before this Honourable Court.

Justice Lifu after listened to Ogungbeje’s submissions, ordered all the respondents in the suit to show cause with seven days from today or from the day they were served with the application, why the orders sought for should not be granted.

Justice Lifu has however adjourned the matter till May 24, 2022, for further hearing.

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