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Published On: Thu, Aug 20th, 2015

NURTW members, FRSC officials clash in Osun

Some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and officials the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), today, clashed in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, with several people sustaining various degrees of injuries.
The fracas broke out when the FRSC officials led by the Sector Commander, Muhammad Husaini, commenced their special patrol in front of their office along the Ibadan Road, Osogbo.
Investigation revealed that the fracas led to destruction of several vehicles and a critically wounded NURTW member going into a coma.
Speaking with Hallmark on the incident, the FRSC sector commander said that the command had impounded 13 vehicles during the patrol before the fracas occurred.
“A bus was arrested in front of our office here and one of my boys entered the bus which we ordered to be driven inside the office.
“Unexpectedly, the driver drove away with the officer before I ordered my men to follow him”, Husaini stated.
He explained that the bus turned back in front of the Governor’s Office, Abere, and was chased to Olaiya Junction.
“When they got to Olaiya Junction, they mobilised their colleagues and beat up the officer in their bus before they came to our office.
“They destroyed the windscreen of about 7 cars and hit one of our men with charm before we took him to a native doctor for antidote”.
Husaini noted that two persons have been arrested, vowing to deal with the perpetrators of the attack.
However, the state Secretary of NURTW, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Najeem, condemned the attack, saying that it was not carried out by his members.
He noted that there has been misunderstanding between some drivers, motorcyclists and the FRSC, urging the police to carry out a thorough investigation into the crisis.
“I was at home when I received the call of FRSC Sector Commander who alleged that our members have attacked them.
“When I got here and looked at the situation on ground, I can categorically say that the destruction was not carried out by our members alone because I met Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN) and some motorcyclists, popularly called ‘okada’ riders.
“Also, with what I heard from the sector commander, those boys that came were saying ‘their problem (FRSC) is too much’, ‘they will collect money and also impound our vehicle’, meaning that other people that joined in the attack only took advantage of our members.

SEGUN ADEYEMI, Osogbo

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