By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA- Pandemonium broke out in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital on Thursday when some hoodlums invaded two motor parks in Kuto, and Ita-Oshin ,leaving seven people critical injured.
About fourteen persons were said to have been arrested by the security agencies which include State Security Service, Special Anti-Robbery Squad,SARS, and the Police in the state in connection with the attack.
Vanguard gathered that the hoodlums who were led by one Lateef
Oriola reportedly damaged about 20 vehicles in both Kuto and
Ita-Oshin in Abeokuta during the attack.
It was further gathered that, the crisis ensued as a result of the alleged plan by a faction of the Road Transport Employers’s
Association, RTEAN, in the state led by Toriola , who was described as a land speculator.
There was heavy presence of policemen in Kuto motor park shortly after the violent attack, while the injured were reportedly rushed to the Federal Medical Centre ,Idi-Aba Abeokuta
The Chairman of RTEAN,Mugisu Akinpelu while narrating the ordeals of his members at both motor parks, said seven persons were injured at Kuto motor park but no one was attacked at Ita-Oshin motor park.
While appealing to the government to come to their aid, the Chairman said , the ring leader of the hoodlums , Toriola had been barred from parading himself as either a member or Chairman of the Union.
According to the Chairman who spoke with newsmen after the incident, we had got the hint that, the Toriola group was going to unleash terror on us, that was why, the SSS patrolled the motor parks and eventually arrested fourteen of them.
Whiel giving statistics of the people arrested so far, Akinpelu said six of them were arrested by SSS, three were nabbed by SARS,and five were arrested by policemen from Ibara station.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi said five people were injured,warning members of the union to shun hooliganism.
Adejobi in his press statement sent to newsmen said “the
Commissioner of police in Ogun state, Ikemefuna Okoye has warned the transport unions in the state to maintain law and order as the command would not condone any act of hooliganism or violence.
“ He said this while reacting to the clashes between some union
factions at the early hours of today at Ita-Oshin and Kuto parks in Abeokuta when some union members engaged in free- for –all that left five people injured.
“ it is the quick response of the police that stopped the brouhaha and restored normalcy to the areas as police rescued injured ones to the hospital.
“ The command will investigate this and bring to book anyone found wanton. The command assures the good people of Ogun State adequate security always,” the PPRO said.