Three persons were on Wednesday night feared killed and many others injured as members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) clashed in Lagos.Those feared killed were said to be RTEAN members allegedly gunned down by NURTW members.It was gathered that a fight broke out around 9.15pm on Wednesday at Mile Two between both groups following a scuffle over toll collection from truck drivers the previous day that left 15 RTEAN members wounded.
Tuesday’s fight was said to have started at the Fatgbems bus stop along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and escalated to Tin-Can First Gate with armed NURTW members insisting they were the ones to collect ticket fees pegged at N2,000 from truck drivers entering Apapa port.
This development was said to have not gone down well with RTEAN who usually issued tickets to its members at N800.Confirming the killing of his members, RTEAN Vice Chairman, Adeola Adeyemi said he had reported at the Area E command and also officially sent a petition to the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, Toyin Fayinka.
Calls to police spokesman Adekunle Ajisebutu were not answered.But an official of the NURTW said the matter was not about unionism, rather about some boys wanting to get money from a container owner.
He admitted that some of those boys were members of NURTW and RTEAN.“They started fighting over money from a container owner and because some of them are union members, the matter escalated to union issue and police have intervened,” he said.
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