Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, has been suspended as the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos for insubordination and misconduct bordering on encouraging union members against the national body.
The suspension of MC Oluomo was announced in a letter signed by the NURTW’s general secretary, Kabiru Yau, charging him of inciting violence.
“In accordance with Article 42 section 5, subsections I, II, III, IV, V, and VIII of the union’s constitution, you have been placed on indefinite suspension from office as State Chairman of the Lagos State Council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) with effect from March 9, 2021,” the NURTW letter stated.
“Your suspension is the result of your continued acts of insubordination and gross misconduct, as well as your covert plans to instigate crisis and unleash mayhem on any branch or branches of the union in Lagos state that refuses to obey your order or instructions not to accept directives from the union’s national headquarters,” it continued.
The NURTW accused MC Oluomo of hatching a “orchestrated scheme” to assault branches that “may disobey your directions abovementioned, endangering public peace and order” in Lagos.
It went on to say that MC Oluomo’s claimed plot was “highly likely to threaten and/or affect the lives and property of the peace-loving people” of Lagos, “especially those operating their legitimate business within car parks,” necessitating “immediate action” against him.
“It is on record that you were previously issued queries on February 25 and March 3, 2022, respectively, in which you were directed to explain the circumstances surrounding your untoward actions and also show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against you for such acts of insubordination,” the letter continued. “You flatly ignored/refused to react to the second enquiry, notwithstanding your inadequate response to the first.”
“You are thus required to take over the baton of leadership of the Lagos State Council to the state deputy chairman and also relinquish all union properties in your control to the state secretary of the union forthwith,” the NURTW letter said.
MC Oluomo is notorious for his terrifying reign over the Lagos NURTW and his brutal crackdowns on transporters who try to join or organize other unions that aren’t under his control.
MC Oluomo was accused by the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) general secretary, Rhaman Amusan, of attempting to violently take over their areas of business in Obalende, resulting in a gunfight between RTEAN and NURTW in 2021.
The Lagos government is commonly considered to support MC Oluomo’s dominance in the city, especially after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu suspended NURTW factions that were not loyal to MC Oluomo in January.