Today24 October, 2021

Three [3] persons allegedly shot dead, many injured as transport unions go on rampage

Three persons died while many others were injured during a battle of supremacy between members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria(RTEAN) and National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW)at Mile-two, Lagos .

The three dead persons were members of RTEAN while the injured persons are from both sides.

The dead were shot Wednesday night by armed men suspected to be members of the National NURTW.

Following the incident, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has summoned the warring unions to an emergency meeting tomorrow.

The armed NURTW members were said to have invaded the RTEAN park at about 9.15pm in an ongoing violent clash over toll collection from truck drivers, into the Apapa ports.

An earlier attack on Tuesday, reportedly left 15 RTEAN members with gun shot wounds, at the Tin-Can First gate and Fagbems Gas station on the Apapa/Oshodi expressway.

It was gathered that trouble has been brewing since six weeks ago until it reached its climax on Monday.

It was gathered that the cause of the fight was over ticket fee for truck drivers to gain access into Apapa Port.

It was gathered that before now, RTEAN issued ticket to its members who are truck drivers, but NURTW was said to have allegedly forced its way into the toll collection from truck drivers. In the process, NURTW was said to have increased the price to N2000.

According to a source,RTEAN was said to have kicked against NURTW’s involvement, as it argued that NURTW had never been part of the toll collection from onset and that truck drivers were members of RTEAN.

It was further gathered that the Lagos State Government waded into the matter and ordered that the stoppage of issuance and collection of ticket and money by e the transport unions.

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