Police take over Obalende after touts clash

The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Lagos has claimed that its members clashed with members National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Obalende, Lagos on Thursday because members of NURTW attempted to dislodge RTEAN members from their area of operations.

Some members of NURTW and RTEAN had on Thursday morning at Obalende Motor Park on Lagos Island, engaged in a free-for-all over control of the garage, a clash that caused many to scamper to safety.

The Publicity Secretary of RTEAN, Abdulrahman Amusan who spoke in an interview with NAN said members of the union members resisted the attempt and it resulted in the fight.

“We have been working at Obalende for long. All of a sudden, on Monday, members of the NURTW encroached into the area of operations of RTEAN,” he told NAN.

“This morning when they came, they met with resistance from our members there, and that led to the fracas. We had been co-existing for so many years.”

Amusan called on the state government to urgently intervene in the fracas between the two unions.

“We want the Lagos State Government to, as a matter of urgency, intervene in the matter. We are for peace, we have been working in Obalende for many years without any problem,” he said.

“We are owners, we are not touts, we love and cherish peace. We want our members to maintain peace and ensure law and order no matter the provocations.”

Meanwhile, the state NURTW Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya (aka MC Oluomo), claimed that the fight occurred because members of RTEAN attacked NURTW members in a bid to take over the motor park