NURTW and truck drivers clash in Ibadan, one dead
One person was feared dead and 15 others injured in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, during a bloody clash between members of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Tipper Drivers Association.
The clash was said to have occurred at Omi-Adio Motor Park, along Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway. The fracas, it was gathered, began on Sunday night during a party and continued till Monday.
The middle aged man that was killed was a commercial bus driver, who was said to have been hacked to death with machete during the fracas.
The suspected thugs reportedly brandished dangerous weapons, such as cutlasses, knives, iron rods and clubs. They were said to have smashed windscreens of, at least, 10 vehicles along Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway. Also, innocent members of the public were said to have been equally assaulted.
The rioters barricaded the highway, as residents and shop owners in the area fled the vicinity for safety.
Men of the state special security outfit, Operation Burst, and team of anti-riot policemen from Iyaganku Police Station, stormed the scene and quelled the mayhem.
Those people that sustained varying degrees of injury were rushed to Alaafia Hospital in Apata. Those that were rejected by the hospital were taken to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Investigation revealed the riot was a reaction to the road accident that claimed the lives of three persons opposite a hotel along Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway two weeks ago. The accident involved a commercial bus and a truck. Three among the occupants of the bus, including the driver were killed instantly while others were injured.
A bus driver, who simply identified himself as Musiliu, accused many tipper and truck drivers of recklessness on the road. He alleged that many members of the NURTW had been killed by the tipper drivers on the road.
“The truck driver, who allegedly drove the truck that killed three people was sighted at the party at Omi garage on Sunday. Members of NURTW challenged him and they mobilised to avenge the death of their colleague,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the Monday fracas, but said no live was lost.
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