Obalende crisis: Rival union attacked NURTW members—- MC Olumo’s aide


Following the fracas that happened in Obalende this morning, which led to the destruction of properties, Jimoh Buhari, the spokesman for the Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, has narrated what happened alleging that a rival union in the state attacked NURTW officials in the area in an attempt to take over the park.

According to Buhari, who spoke with The PUNCH on Thursday, he explained that there are more than one transport unions in the state.

He said operatives of a rival union, the Road Transport Employers’ Association Of Nigeria, stormed NURTW park in Obalende this morning with dangerous weapons in order to take over the park.

It would be recalled that Obalende was thrown into pandemonium this morning when gunshots were heard this morning when the men in yellow and green uniforms stormed the area.

The development caused chaos in the ever-busy area as motorists and commuters scampered to safety.

When asked whether the melee was a clash between NURTW factions, Oluomo’s aide said, “That is a mix-up, it was the other union (RTEAN) that went to Obalende to attack our men, NURTW men.

“Each of the unions has its own garage that it is operating within. But Road Employee union whose members put on yellow uniform went to attack our men who put on a white and green uniform.

“We have like three unions in Lagos but there are two major unions –NURTW and RTEAN.

“One of them was caught and handed over to the police and he said it was the chairman of RTEAN, Musa Mohammed, who sent them to take over NURTW garage at Obalende.”

The spokesperson for Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.

“Normalcy has been restored to Obalende, the command will make a statement on it soon,” he said.

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