Report on Interest

Rival NURTW factions renew clashes, streets deserted

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Streets in Surulele Local Government, Lagos State are currently deserted following the renewed clash between gangs loyal to different factions of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

The clash believed to be between Pako and Cassette bus stop boys started on Sunday and has continued to Tuesday.

It was gathered that residents that had come out to begin their commercial activities were forced to scamper for safety when the fight started again.

The guild learned that residents of the communities, who were relying on the promises made by Nigerian Police for adequate security, had trooped out to begin their daily activities but were forced to leave when gunshots sound from both groups rent the air.

The age-long rival clash between Itire and Aguda has claimed several lives and property worth several million.

Many who plied the route to their offices made use of alternative distance routes to avoid being caught in the web of the clash.

A resident, in a telephone chat with our correspondent, narrated “Aguda boils again early this morning with sporadic gunshots. The streets are deserted”.

It was learned that some members of the Road Transport Employment Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), who had allies in NURTW especially within the Eshinlokun faction also engage in the clash.

The RTEAN members that joined the fight had earlier been hinted that the overthrow of the incumbent administration would mark the end of their activities in Ijesha; NURTW aimed to be sole collector of all transport dues.

A member of the NURTW, who did not want his name mentioned, narrated that efforts by members to end the face-off have failed to yield success due to MC Oluomo’s interest in who becomes chairman of the Ijesha branch.

“Both factions have held meetings thrice with MC Oluomo and after the meeting, MC Oluomo will hold another discussion with the Olorunlugo faction and the outcome is always another attack on the other faction.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, proved abortive.

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