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One dead, many injured as Ondo NURTW, RTEAN clash

At least one person has been reported dead as members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) clashed in Ondo State.

Eyewitnesses said the drivers, armed with dangerous weapons, attacked one another.

Also, they attacked their personal vehicles leaving passengers, traders and commuters scampering for safety.

It could be recalled that the Ondo State Government, on March 1, announced the suspension of NURTW and RTEAN in the state.

The State Government also directed the NURTW and RTEAN leaderships to vacate motor parks across the eighteen Local Government Areas of the state.

Man severely wounded during the crisis rocking the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ondo State as factional groups engaged in a free for all in the state

However, in an act of defiance and impunity, the unions, popularly known as “Agbero”, reconvened, and in the latest instance unleashed mayhem on each other.

The unruly members clashed at the Oja Oba area of Akure, and vandalised each other’s vehicles.

The latest development came barely 48 hours after the factional unionists fought at the Owode area of the state injuring many people.

On Tuesday, business activities were paralysed in the Ojo Oba area when the armed unionists attacked each other.

Residents and traders in the area fled for their lives while the assault lasted.

The cause of the fight was still unknown as of the time of filing this report.

In swift response, meanwhile, the Ondo State Government has announced an indefinite suspension of all activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the state.

Dr. Adedoyin Odebowale, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, made this known while addressing Government House correspondents in Akure.

The action, it was gathered, is to forestall further threat to lives and properties occasioned by the regular clashes between the unions.

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