FastNews reports that members of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) attacked the council chairman, Barrister Adegoke Ogunsola, at the Irepodun Local Government Council Secretariat in Ilobu.
DAILY POST learned that the NULGE, led by Chairman Jamiu Oyeleke, had engaged the Council Secretary in a squabble prior to the Chairman’s arrival.
According to sources, the staff, who were allegedly demanding unpaid entitlements, had earlier seized the secretary to the Council’s official car.
They went on to say that the council manager, Toyin Eye, escaped being attacked because she left her office before the riotous staff arrived.
Reacting to the fracas, the Council Chairman, Ogunsola insisted that he had no issue with any member of staff in the Local Government.
Ogunsola also accused the Irepodun chapter of NULGE of resorting to violence without discussing it with him, with a view to resolving the impasse.
“When I was going to the local government yesterday, someone told me that there was going to be an issue, that I should not go, but I insisted on going.
“On getting there, I met some persons who I later identified to be members of NULGE, struggling with the Council Secretary. They wanted to seize his car and the struggle was on.
“Immediately, I alighted from my car and told the Secretary to give them the car key. At that moment, I realized that I did not remove my car keys and that someone had entered and drove it into the local government. I trekked in and asked them what transpired but they said they had an issue with the Council-Manager who had escaped.
“Their grievances bordered on their welfare and I said it will be resolved but they said they would not allow me, the Vice Chairman and the Secretary take our cars and I left it with them,” he disclosed.
The council boss while declaring that he was not aware of any unpaid allowances being owned the NULGE members, added that he was only aware of claims that have been approved but not paid.
“I have promised to pay them. But what triggered their action is that we recently paid severance of some past political office holders and they are not happy with that,” he hinted.
The Irepodun Local Government NULGE chairman, Jamiu Oyeleke and the Secretary, Omidele Waheed, as of the time of filing this report, have not responded to calls asking for clarification on the matter.