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Police arrests Ondo Broadcasting Union leaders over protest

The crisis rocking the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation(OSRC) is now deepened as five workers of the Corporation who are members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) were today arrested by the Police.

Those arrested are the immediate past chairman of NUJ, OSRC Chapel,Taiwo Ibitoye, Lanrewaju Cole, Akinwumi Abodunde,Sam Adeloye,Obafemi Sogbe and Sola Obagbemisoye.

Workers of the organisation had on wednesday pursued the Director General of the corporation, Ladi Akeredolu-Ale from office..

They maintained that inspite of their yearly internally generated revenue of above 80 million naira, their welfare means nothing to the management.

The workers condemned the state of workers welfare and expressed shock over the presence of stern looking security agents at the entrance of their office.

No fewer than 50 police officers with two Armoured Personnel Carrier(APC) and about five police patrol vans were stationed at the OSRC main gate, apparently to forestall breakdown of law and order by the aggrieved workers.

The workers were alleged to have threatened to burn down the station if the government failed to look into their demands but they denied the allegation.

The leader of the workers, Ibitoye, before their arrest had said they were surprised at the presence of security agents led by the assistant Commissioner of police,Mr Edward Ajogun, saying there was no protest in whatever form to call for the presence of security agents.

Ibitoye said that the collapsed structure, equipment, transmitter and the poor office accommodations were worrisome, calling on the state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to intervene before the situation gets out of hand.

According to him, the state governor was unaware of the problems facing the station, alleging that various attempts to call his attention to all these problems were thwarted by the management led by the Director General, Akeredolu-Ale.

He noted that the Fm station was dead, while the Television station was standing on one leg due to lack of maintenance, saying that the state government had been supplying diesel to the corporation since 2009 without collecting anything from its IGR, lamenting that no explanation has been given on how the IGR is being spent.

Ibitoye said, “we don’t know what is happening to the revenue of the station when workers welfare are not prioritized, training and re-training are put on hold since 2010, and newsroom ranks as the worst among its peer.

The Police Spokesmam, Wole Ogodo could not be reached to confirm the arrest.

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