By Dayo Johnson
Akure—No fewer than 10 persons were seriously injured yesterday, following a bloody clash among members of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, at Owo area of Ondo State.
Vanguard gathered that a faction of the union attempted to forcibly take over the leadership of the union and the incumbent resisted it.
For over four hours, commercial activities in the ancient town were disrupted as a result of the clash.
The union members shot sporadically while they attacked themselves with cutlasses, charms and cudgels, even as those injured were rushed to different hospitals within the town.
Shop owners and residents around First Molac Hotel and Ehinogbe Street where the clash occurred, fled in different directions as the clash became fierce.
Reports had it that the attempt to forcibly take over the leadership of the union may have been initiated by politicians in the town, ahead of next year’s governorship election in the state.
Vanguard gathered that the target of the faction of the union was to chase away its leadership, led by Kolade Jasper
Leader of the faction with nickname “Jungunnu” had reportedly been parading himself as the new chairman, using motorcyclists, popularly know as Okada riders, as his escorts
It was gathered that Jungunnu allegedly led his boys to First Molac Hotel area where the Akure car park is located and attacked the union leaders.
The timely intervention of mobile policemen who rushed to the scene, prevented the clash from resulting in loss of lives.
Normalcy was later returned to the ancient town as families of those injured took them to hospitals for treatment.
Contacted, NURTW chairman, Kolade Jasper, said he had not received any letter from the national leaders that the local chapters of the union should be dissolved.
Police spokesman, Femi Joseph, who confirmed the incident, said normalcy had returned to the town but pleaded with members of the union to maintain peace.