Residents of the ancient city of Ibadan were on Tuesday gripped with fear after the Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, Alh. Taofeek Oyerinde popularly known as Fele was to have passed on.
Fele died at the age of 58 in Abuja.
It was gathered that the National President of the union, Alhaji Yasin and other Stakeholders have announced the appointment of the Vice Chairman of the union in Oyo State, Alhaji Abideen Olajide ( a.k.a Ejiogbe) as the Acting Chairman, according to The Nation.
However, as the news of his death broke, residents of Ibadan began to ring their families and loved ones to avoid some dangerous spots for commercial drivers in the city such as Iwo road, Gate and Molete due to the fear that some of the drivers may embark on a violent protest over the appointment of Olajide as the Acting Chairman.
The late Fele was reported to have battled with serious health challenges in the last one year which made him a frequent visitor of hospital before his eventual demise.
Oyerinde officially succeeded Alh. Lateef Akinsola (aka Tokyo) in 2011 after years of violent supremacy battle between Alh. Mukaila Lamidi (aka Auxilliary) and Alh. Lateef (aka Eleweomo).
Eleweomo was killed in a political violence in 2010 while Auxiliary just finished serving a jail term.