The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Sunday evening, said the ban on the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers is still in force.

Makinde spoke in response to the takeover of the state secretariat of the NURTW at Agbowo area in Ibadan, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, by a faction of the union.

The faction which is loyal to Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi popularly known as Auxiliary had forcefully taken over the secretariat and some motor parks at about 3:00 am on Sunday and sent the officers on duty packing.

Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, who spoke to newsmen on Sunday evening said, “the union activities remain banned.”

Adisa, who spoke to reporters at the Iyaganku Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists said, “yes, we got the information of the invasion of NURTW office by a faction.

“The police had assured the state government of adequate provision of protection to the lives and property of our people.

“When the government placed a ban on NURTW, it remains in force and they should not take government for granted.

“The police are on the ground and whoever breaches law will face the wrath of the law,” he added.

Makinde had in June proscribed NURTW in the state.