One killed as NURTW members clash again in Lagos
One person, identified simply as Ige, believed to be a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers reportedly lost his life on Tuesday during a clash at Ona la on Lagos Island.
Metro learnt that the fight was a supremacy battle between two factions of the NURTW over the collection of money at a park in Oyebanji area.
A resident, who wished not to be named, said one of the warring parties was angry because it felt the police had taken sides with the other faction.
He said, “One of the NURTW bosses on Lagos Island was alleged to have been responsible for last week’s violence in which some people died.
“However, the police promised us that he would be arrested before he fled last week. He came back on Tuesday and the police did not arrest him. In fact, he is still in control of Lagos Island.
“The people were aggrieved and felt the police had taken sides. So, they went to Ona la on Tuesday to fight the other faction.”
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state command, Mr. Jaiyeoba Joseph, could not be reached as at press time as his phones were switched off.
Meanwhile, the immediate past treasurer for the state chapter of the NURTW, Mr. Musiliu Akinsanya a.k.a. MC Oluomo, has cautioned the warring members of the union in the state to bury their hatchets or face the full wrath of the law.
Akinsanya said there was need for members of the union to embrace peace and resolve their differences through dialogue.
Akinsanya, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Samson Adigun, said life was sacred and everybody had a right to life as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.
He said it was high time the union members began to think in the right direction and stopped blood-letting and violent clashes, adding that there was no faction in Lagos NURTW.
“I also want to seize this opportunity to make it clear to everyone that I’m not in any way connected to the crisis. Oshodi is my base and the place is peaceful as always. I don’t have or belong to any faction of NURTW because we are one body,” he said.
Akinsanya, who is also running for the chairmanship seat in the forthcoming NURTW election in the state, added that he had been to the state police command headquarters to absolve himself of the wrong accusations.
“I understand that people have erroneously linked my name to the violent clashes in some parts of Lagos Island because I’m contesting for the chairmanship seat of our union in the state. But the police are in a better position to do investigations and fish out the real masterminds. I know that time will tell and people will know the truth very soon,” he explained.
According to Akinsanya, the police have been urged to arrest anyone falsely claiming to be working for him or fomenting trouble in his name.