One Killed As Road Transporters Fight In Ondo

Jacob Adebo aka Idajo (right) led NURTW had been suspended by the state government before the recent violence.

One person was killed on Tuesday in Akure, the Ondo state Capital, as suspected thugs invaded the city centre specifically the old garage area, shooting at members of a faction in the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.

Two others were reportedly injured in the shoot out.

It was gathered that the national leadership of the union met with the two warring factions in Osogbo, Osun state on Monday.

The intervention of the national leadership of the union was a sequel to the bloody attack of two members of one of the factions last Sunday.

Reports had it that the leadership of the union directed that one of the factions driven away from the garage should be allowed to return to allow peace reign in the state.

The decision didn’t go down well with the faction that was suspended last week by the state government.

It was also gathered that the faction that was asked to return to the garage mobilised and gathered at the Old garage early this morning to brief other members.

They alleged that some members loyal to the suspended leaders also mobilised to attack them at the Old garage this morning.

According to their leaders, “those who shot dead Adebola Ademoyegun aka China and injured two others walked to the garage and suddenly opened fire on us.

Those injured have been taken to the state specialist hospital in Akure for medical attention, report says.

The corpse of Adebola was allegedly taken to the palace of the Deji of Akure land Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo.

The state police commissioner Bolaji Salami had to deploy police detectives to the scene to forestall peace and order.

Police spokesman, Tee Leo lkoro confirmed the incident.

“The presence of police is seen everywhere now, we are also investigating to know those masterminding this ugly incident and get them arrested.

“The leadership had been suspended I don’t know what they are fighting for again.

Ikoro added that the police is on top of the situation and would return normalcy to the state capital.

Recall that on Sunday two members of one of the factions, Omoniyi Oni popularly known as Eniba and Wasiu Ibrahim were attacked in Akure, the state capital by thugs loyal to the former leader of the union

They were reportedly attacked at a barbing salon around Owode in Akure metropolis.

The state government had suspended the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) over security concerns.

“Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said the suspension of the activities of the union particularly at the motor parks, followed security reports suggesting an imminent clash between the two opposing factions in the union over leadership tussle.

The intervention according to the governor became imperative so as to forestall possible break down of law and order.

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