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Panic as Lagos NURTW factions clash over ticket collection


Pandemonium erupted on Friday morning when two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers clashed in Agbado area of Alimosho Local Government Area in Lagos State.

Road users and passersby were said to have scampered for safety when the two warring factions violently engaged each other.

The PUNCH reports that gunshots were also fired during the conflict in what eyewitnesses described as a violent over ticket collection at the parks.

The development was confirmed by the spokesman for Lagos State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu.

Ajisebutu, however, said a team of policemen had been deployed in the affected areas.

“It was a brewing conflict over ticketing that would have led to a violent confrontation/crisis between two factions of NURTW in Kola bus stop and its environs.

“Police patrol teams from Alakuko, Agbado, Ijaiye-Ojokoro, and reinforcements from the headquarters have been deployed to the area on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi.

“The place is calm. No threat to lives and property currently, as the police are still maintaining their presence in the area.”

In recent times, NURTW members in Lagos led by Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo have been involved in deadly clashes, one of which culminated in the suspension of operations in Idumota chapter of the union.