NURTW Factions Clash In Abeokuta


There was pandemonium at Kuto market, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, as two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) clashed.

Our correspondent gathered that the fight caused pandemonium in the
area as members of the drivers’ union freely used weapons and there was sporadic gunshots.
Though, as at the time of filling this report there was no casualty, security has been beefed up in the area.
The motor park which has been deserted is now been taken over by fully armed mobile policemen who were drafted to the area to restore normalcy.
Traders and commuter vehicle drivers within and outside the park ran
for their lives during the mayhem.
Protest had earlier rocked the
Ogun state council of the NURTW over  leadership tussle.
There have been allegations and counter allegations from the two factions, a development which led a court in the state capital to stop their purported state election yesterday.
The union had been embroiled in crisis precipitated by the former state chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa and one of his surbodinates, Alhaji Abdul Akeem Bodunrin, a.k.a. IYERU- OKIN.

Iyeru is now contesting for the chairmanship seat alongside Alhaji
Lukman Ajuwon who is being alleged to be a stooge of Baruwa.
This has not gone down well with the supporters of Iyeru as they staged a
peaceful protest to the office of the governor of Ogun state, Ibikunle Amosun on Monday calling for the postponement of the election which was earlier fixed for yesterday.

Meanwhile, in a statement signed by the Ogun State Commissioner for
Information and Orientation, Alhaji Yussuph Olaniyonu and made
available to newsmen this afternoon, the government warned the warring
factions to eschew violence and maintain peace in the state.

According to the statement,”we wish to inform these people who are
fomenting trouble all around to  stop it or face the wrath of law.

The state high court in Isabo, Abeokuta has given an interlocutory
injunction that the state election should be suspended until the
determination of the substantive suit.Therefore, all factions should
stop disrupting the relative peace in the state as whoever is caught
would be severely dealt with.”

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa had threatened that the state government will close down all the motor parks in the state if there is any breakdown of law and order caused by the Union.

By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

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