Commercial activities in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state was yesterday disrupted for four hours following a clash between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, over an attempt by a faction of the union to take over the leadership of the union.
No few than 10 people were confirmed injured during the fracas where members of the Union were shooting sporadically and attacking each other with cultlass and other dangerous weapon .
Traders around First Molac hotel area and Ehinogbe street in the town where the NURTW members clashed, were said to have quickly closed their shops for the day and residents in the area remain indoors .
It was reliably gathered that an attempt to forcefully take over the NURTW leadership in the council area was the cause of the commotion which was allegedly sponsored by some politicians who are preparing for the next year governorship election in the state.
The said politicians were said to have directed their political thugs who are members of the Union to chase away the current executive leadership of NURTW in the council led by Mr. Kolade Jasper from the town.
Trouble however started when a group led a middle age man, simply identified with his nickname “Jungunnu” declared himself the new chairman of the union.
Eyewitnesses account stated that said the self acclaimed Chairman was said to have been moving around the whole town with some Okada riders, thereby declaring himself to the residents as the new council Chairman of the NURTW Union.
It was gathered that Jungunnu allegedly led his boys to First Molac hotel area where the Akure Car park is located and attacked the Union leaders.
The fight was said to have spread to Ehinogbe area where he took the intervention of mobile Policemen before normalcy was returned to the ancient town.
When contacted the current NURTW chairman of the council, Mr. Kolade Jasper said he has not received any letter from the national leaders that the local chapters of NURTW should be dissolved.
Jasper noted that the leader of group, who wanted to forcefully take over from him was not a member of NURTW.
He however, appealed to the governor, Olusegun Mimiko to rescue them from those he referred to as miscreants who are not members of the union but now being pushed to disturb the peace of the town.
Reacting to the development,the State PPRO, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident but said the police was on top of the situation saying, an order from the state government gave credence to non dissolution of local chapters of NURTW in the state.
Joseph however appealed to the warring factions to maintain peace.


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