by Oluwasaye Rachel
Two persons were reported dead with scores injured as violent clash broke out yesterday between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) over the control of the garages at the Akesan area of Igando, Lagos Mainland.
The age-long rivalry between the NURTW and RTEAN was rekindled on yesterday morning as members of both unions went after themselves with dangerous weapons over the collection of toll. Normal business activities were disturbed in the early hours of the day as both motorists and pedestrians were delayed in the fight.
An eyewitness disclosed that the trouble was caused by a misunderstanding bordering on power tussle between both unions at about past 8:00am. He added that during the brawl, there were gunshots alongside the use of weapons.
During the melee, the hoodlums damaged many vehicles as well as used the opportunity to loot shops within the area.
There were two bodies lying in their own pool of blood while others were seen with blood-stained clothes. Residents of the area fled to their homes for safety in fear of the angry fighters.
However, armed policemen as well as the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have since been deployed to restore normalcy to the area.