By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
One person feared dead as commercial drivers disrupted socio-economic activities in Akure, Ondo state on Tuesday.
It was gathered that the crisis involved factions of the drivers’ union known as the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
The deceased identified as Ademola Adegoyegun was killed at the old garage area of the metropolis.
He is a member of the NURTW
Speaking with Western Post on the incident, the elder brother of the deceased, Eleyele said the deceased had been away from union activities for long.
“The drivers, armed with dangerous weapons, are currently attacking one another and their personal vehicles as traders and commuters scampered for safety,” a resident said. Scores of people were also said to have sustained injuries.
According to him ” my brother had been away from union matters for years and he was just on his own before they came to shoot him today by the Ìdájọ́ people” he said
The Ondo State government had last Monday suspended the activities of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and NURTW.
The government, through the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale, said the suspension was to allow both unions to meet and settle their differences to prevent violent clashes between them.
He pointed out that it was greed that was causing the fight as well as the money sharing formula between the two transport unions.
According to him, the ticket printed by the Ondo State Internal Revenue Services would be sold to commercial drivers for the sum of N300.
He warned that anybody caught selling any other ticket would be arrested and prosecuted.