3 Killed, Many Injured As NURTW, RTEAN Clash in Lagos

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Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) clashed in Lagos on Wednesday night, with three people believed to have been killed and many others injured.

RTEAN members allegedly gunned down by NURTW members were among those suspected of being killed.

According to reports, a fight broke out between both groups at Mile Two around 9.15 p.m. on Wednesday, following a scuffle the day before over toll collection from truck drivers that left 15 RTEAN members injured.

Tuesday’s brawl was alleged to have begun at the Fatgbems bus stop on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and proceeded to Tin-Can First Gate, with armed NURTW members demanding on a cease-fire.

This development was said to have not gone down well with RTEAN who usually issued tickets to its members at N800.

Adeola Adeyemi, RTEAN Vice Chairman, confirmed the assassination of his members, saying he had reported to Area E command and had also officially written a petition to Toyin Fayinka, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation.

Adekunle Ajisebutu, the police spokesman, did not return calls.

However, a NURTW official claimed that the issue was not about unionism, but rather about several teenagers attempting to extort money from a container owner.

He confirmed that some of the lads were NURTW and RTEAN members.

“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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