Amosun, Abiodun Loyalists Fight Dirty Over Control of Ogun Abattoir - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Amosun, Abiodun Loyalists Fight Dirty Over Control of Ogun Abattoir


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - Rivalry battle over the control of Lafenwa Abattoir took new dimension on Wednesday among executive members of the butchers association in Ogun State as some members loyal to Governor Dapo Abiodun and former governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun shut down the cow slab. 

THE ENCOUNTER NEWS learnt that, crisis erupted immediately Governor Abiodun was sworn in on May 29, 2019 as loyalists of the governor were alleged to have been threatening to remove the current exco led by Alhaji Mutiu Hameed before the expiration of their tenure. 

The crisis however took a new turn on Wednesday as the Youth Butchers Association in Ogun state said it has embarked on indefinite strike at the abattoir in Odo-eran, Lafenwa, Abeokuta.

The butchers who spoke through their state chairman, Alh. Mutiu Hameed disclosed that the decision to shut down the abbatoir was to avoid shed of blood among its members.  

The chairman insisted that the abbatoir would be closed until the governor intervene in the crisis that started immediately after his emergence. 

Speaking on what led to the crisis, the chairman alleged that the Abiodun's loyalists under the aegis of Dapo Vanguard have been terrorizing the butchers in Lafenwa abbatoir since Abiodun became the governor.  

Hameed accused the group of using Abiodun's name to commit different atrocities that had always led to different crisis and rancour among its members.  

He explained that the group which is just a zone out of the ten zones that made the association wanted to hijack the leadership structure because they claimed to have played a major role in Abiodun's emergence.  

He further explained that all efforts to resolve the crisis prove abortive, as the group  allegedly insisted they must take over the leadership by force.  

The chairman also added that the Abiodun's loyalists also want to be illegally collecting cow levy fee without any authorize permission from the government. 

Hameed whose tenure expires this year upon completion of his four years, accused members of the Dapo Abiodun Vanguard of mobilizing street urchins to fight the butchers in Lafenwa abattior.  

He said, "The constitution of our association is that we must always support the incumbent government.  

"Since this administration came on board, we have been supporting them according to our constitution and for the fact that the governor is the father of all.  

"It is surprising that a group which happen to be just a zone out of the ten zones we have in this association suddenly started problem immediately Governor Dapo Abiodun was announced.  

"They started disturbing the peace that has been existing in this abbatior foe long by saying they want to take over leadership because Abiodun has emerged.  

"The members of Dapo Vanguard begin to do everything in their power to ensure that everything lead to war.  

"We have been managing them since all theses days because we don't want any war to happen in this place. 

"We try to let them know we are brothers, but they keep coming to spoil everything we are doing.  

"They came sometimes in the past and said they want to be collecting cow levy permit without authorization from the government.  We rejected them because they don't have right over it.  

"Also, they claimed we did not support the Governor and we must leave the leadership of the association to them, but we also rejected them. 

"They went ahead to create another association, they did their anniversary separately and none of us disturb them. 

"But, it came as a surprise when they came to us yesterday that it is either we account for how we spend money for our 13th anniversary or nobody will be allow to work today.  

"Because, we don't want problem or blood shed, we have agreed that until the Governor who is the father of all interfere in this matter we are not going to kill or sell cow in this abbatior.  

"We have lost over 10 million naira for what happened today, and we would continue the strike until the government intervene."

Further investigation revealed that, the crisis may not be unconnected with the N2,500 levy imposed on a cow daily by the executive.

The members who spoke with our reporter said, some aggrieved members were not happy with the running affairs of the association by Alhaji Mutiu.

They claimed that, some huge amount of money got missing during the end of the year party organized last last week. 

But the spokesperson of the National Council of Elders of National Butchers Union of Nigeria, Ogun state chapter, Alh. Lamidi Oni said the elders' body only recognize the Hameed led faction.  

Oni explained that the elders have done a lot to solve the issues, but the Dapo Vanguard group was not ready for settlement.  

The elders' spokesperson however called on the governor to wade into the matter.

He said, "We don't know what is wrong with those boys, we have called them and try to settle these issues, but they were not ready to listen.  

"We are all supporters of Dapo Abiodun and they should not bring politics to our business.  

"They are just a minor and we only know Mutiu Hameed as the authentic chairman of the youth butchers.  

"We want the Governor toome to our aid because we know he is a peace loving governor." 
Meanwhile, when our reporters visited the abattior, it was observed t that many of the butchers were stranded as nobody was allowed to slaughter or sell cow.

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