NURTW clash in Ondo leaves 1 person dead, 5 others injured

by Adeola Balogun

A clash between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ondo has resulted in the death of one person.

The incident occurred yesterday at the union’s secretariat in Ijapo, Akure, the state capital between loyalists of the chairman, Obayoriade Oladutele and his opponents.

The violence also left 5 other members of the union injured.

The Nation reports:

Five members were injured in the clash, which occurred due to the recall of the union’s embattled Chairman, Chief Obayoriade Oladutele (a.k.a. Die the matter).

An eyewitness said the fight started when a union official, Mr. Samuel Ademeko, resumed duty around 6:30am to collect tickets and sign the register.

It was learnt that a man, simply identified as Sola, prevented Ademeko from signing because he was “loyal” to the embattled chairman.

This resulted in a hot argument between them and Ademeko, according to sources, said nobody would sign the register before him.

It was learnt that an executive of the union’s Taxi Drivers’ Unit allegedly directed some thugs to attack the NURTW officials on duty.

Sources said the thugs attacked the officials with machetes and charms.

Those injured were reportedly taken to the Police Hospital and State Specialist Hospital in Akure.

NURTW spokesman Mayowa Olofinniyi alleged that a government official was trying to impose Oladutele on them.

Police spokesman Wole Ogodo said no one died in the clash. He said one person was arrested.

 

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