VIDEO: Chaos in Lagos as NURTW factions clash in Obalende


Pandemonium broke out in the early hours on Thursday, at Obalende area of Lagos Island following violent clash between rival groups of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW)

Business activities were disrupted while commuters going about their routine businesses were startled by sporadic gunshots said to have emanated around the Ken Salem House.

Although the cause of the clash was yet unknown, video footage posted online showed people running to safety onto and under the long bridge.

An eye witness simply identified as “Bayou” described the day as scary. He said, “It was a scary day in Obalende, in Ikoyi as residents were seen running for their dear lives.

“We heard that the shootings were by rival cult members trying to resolve their differences violently. While this lasted, commuters were stock as there was no movement around Obalende and its environs,”

Another eye witness, Comrade Olaoye Johnson, said the clash was between two factions of NURTW in the area.

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According to him, “until the transport union is proscribed or made optional, we won’t have peace in Lagos and any state of their operation.

“It is the magnitude of funds realized by one of the factions that is making the rival group stage an attack and both parties won’t let go until death comes. Lagos State elders and leaders are also culpable,” said the comrade.

Policemen later arrived at the scene to quell the fight.

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