NURTW clash: Police returns normalcy to Obalende, arrest six hoodlums


Normalcy has returned to Obalende part of Lagos Island after hours of tension precipitated by a clash between hoodlums suspected to be factional members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

Many video footages of the clash showed people, especially workers resuming for the day’s engagement, running to safety. Lagos State Police Command who swung into action during the crisis arrested five suspected hoodlums in Obalende, Ikoyi area of the state.

Spokesperson of the command, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the Command has deployed resources to disperse and suppress the hoodlums fomenting troubles just as normalcy has been restored in the area.

The Spokesperson said no life was lost, noting that the crisis, was between transport unions in the area.

He said, “Six suspected hoodlums have been arrested and handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department CID, Panti, Yaba for discreet Investigations.

Similarly, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has warned that the command will not condone any act of lawlessness and criminality in the state.

The CP has directed the area commander Area A, Lion Building, ACP Bode Ojajuni, to intensify efforts on flushing the hoodlums out of the area and on the Lagos Island in general, with the available recourses deployed to the area command.

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He said the leaders of the transport unions in the area, have been invited for interrogation and further actions.

However, Chairman of the NURTW Lagos Council, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (aka MC Oluomo), has accused members of the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) of attacking his members in a bid to take over the park (garage) at Obalende.

He described their actions as uncalled for, urging the RTEAN leadership to seek an audience with the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation if aggrieved with the present regulations.

According to him, each union has its own garage.

He wondered why RTEAN would resort to attacking his members at the NURTW-controlled parks.