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Five Feared Dead As NURTW Members Clash In Oshodi

Posted: Mar 3, 2016 at 6:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Udom, Lagos

The recurring leadership crises which have been rocking the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), again erupted on Wednesday at Oshodi bus-stop, Lagos where no fewer than five persons were feared injured.

Our correspondent, who arrived Bolade bus-stop in after the clash gathered that some officials of the union members in the area were at loggerheads throughout last week over who gets what in the lucrative parks located from Bolade up to parts of Lagos-Apapa expressway end of the bus-stop.

It was gathered that when a meeting was rescheduled this week to iron out grey areas in the tussle, it degenerated into heated arguments, which eventually resulted in a free-for-all.

A trader at the bus-stop, who spoke off record, said bottles, sticks and other dangerous weapons were freely used by the warring factions and that commuters and motorists caught in the cross-fire around Arena Modern market, Bolade bus-stop and its environs, scampered for safety.

The trader further disclosed that the matter could have been bloodier, if police officers from Akinpelu Police Station, led by Aliu Jimoh, a Chief Superintendent of Police, and divisional police officer of the station did not intervene on time to checkmate the clash.

Heavy police presence was observed around Keke Marwa, Okada and Danfo parks at Adekoya Street, Agege Motor Road and its environs when our correspondent called.

But Comrade Tajudeem Agbede, Chairman, Lagos State Council of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in a phone chat with our correspondent on Wednesday said he cannot confirm the clash.

His words: “Though I am chairman of NURTW in Lagos, Oshiodi is not under my jurisdiction”.

However, Dolapo Badmus, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos Police Command, while speaking on the incident said that police officers succeeded in bringing the situation under control.

Badmus, a Superintendent of Police, said that casualties in the clash, if any, would be compiled and handled by the police during investigations.

In March last year, no fewer than four persons were feared killed and 27 vehicles either burnt or vandalised, when members of the union clashed over the same leadership tussle at Oshiodi bus-stop.

The situation was however brought under control by a combined team of the police, soldiers and operatives of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).