13th December, 2010
A detachment of policemen has been stationed at the popular Lagos motor park inÂ Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, to prevent fighting among members of the National Union ofÂ Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in the park. P.M.NEWS
P.M.NEWSobserved about 100 policemen stationed at different areas in the park toÂ avert fighting among the NURTW members, some of whom had earlier made bonfires withÂ disused tyres on the road leading to the park.
A NURTW member, who pleaded anonymity, told P.M.NEWS that the crisis within theÂ union was being fuelled by a branch chairman of the union and politicians inÂ Ijebu-Ode.
â€œThe crisis can be traced to a chairman of the union. Fighting erupted this morningÂ among members but the quick intervention of the police halted it.
â€œSome traders at the park who were scared ran home. But normalcy has returned sinceÂ the arrival of the police,â€ he narrated.
â€œSome politicians are behind the crisis. They want to influence the leadership ofÂ the union by imposing their men as key officers of the union,â€ he added.
He appealed to the politicians to face their business and allow the union membersÂ run the park.
When P.M.NEWS visited the motor park this morning, people were going in and out ofÂ the park, doing their businesses without molestation.
However, apart from the noticeable presence of policemen around the motor park, aÂ police Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, was stationed very close to the park.