The NURTW factions wanted control of the motor parks.
There was sporadic shooting in the early hours of Sunday in Akure, the Ondo State capital as members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, engaged in gun battle over plans to oust the state executive and take control of motor parks.
A faction of the drivers’ union in the state, at about 6.30 a.m., went on rampage to sack the Obayoriade Olajutele (a.k.a Die the matter) led executives of NURTW.
The action threw the entire metropolis into pandemonium as early morning commuters in several of the motor parks across the town scampered for safety when hoodlums besieged the parks with dangerous weapons.
The fight also spread to the major streets in the metropolis including Oyemekun/Oba-Adesida roads in the heart of the town, causing several residents to flee the streets. Other road users, including private car owners, had to abandon their vehicles by the roadside to seek refuge in nearby houses and adjoining streets to the main Oba-Adesida road where the gun duel was heavy.
It was learnt that a faction of the NURTW in the state resolved to take over the leadership of the drivers’ union few days after the October 20 Governorship Election in the State.
According to a source within the union, the faction based it resolution on the fact that there is the need for a change of guard within the hierarchy of the union in the state to reflect the fresh mandate of four years of Governor Olusegun Mimiko starting from February 24, 2013.
Although it could not be ascertained whether the faction succeeded in its bid to take over the leadership from the Obayoriade led executives, many of the affected officers have since, gone into hiding.
The Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Adeniran Aremu, while speaking on the incident said the violence was caused by a faction of the state’s NURTW which attempted to remove the leadership of the union.
Mr. Aremu said the police swiftly reacted to the matter and brought the situation under control, while calm and peace has since returned to the motor parks across the state.
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