Some people believed to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, yesterday beat 13 officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, to coma in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The attack by the transport union also led to many people sustaining various degrees of injuries.
The fracas broke out at the early hours of Thursday when the FRSC led by the sector commander, started their special patrol in front of their office, along Ibadan Express Road in Osogbo.
According to investigation by Nigerian Pilot, the fracas also led to destruction of vehicles, beating of a female FRSC state sector command’s accountant and other 12 officers of the command, as well as passersby.
Speaking to our correspondent, the sector commander, Mr Muhammad Husaini said that the command had impounded 13 vehicles during the patrol, before the incidence occurred.
“A bus was arrested in front of our office here and one of my boys entered the bus which we ordered to drive inside the office.
“Surprisingly, the driver drove away with the officer before I ordered my men to follow them in order to save our officer that was in the bus,” Husaini stated.
He explained that the bus turned back in front of governor’s office, Abere.
“When they got to Olaiya junction, they mobilised their colleagues and beat up the officers in their bus before they came to our office in large numbers.
“They spoilt the wind screen of about seven cars and hit one of our men with charm before we took him to native doctor for remedy.”
Husaini noted that two persons had been arrested, vowing to deal with whoever was found wanting in the attack.
However, the state secretary of NURTW, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Najeem condemned the attack, saying that it was not solely carried out by their members.
He noted that there had been misunderstanding among 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 look at the situation on ground and I can categorically say that the vandals (attack) 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 is too much, they will collect money and also impound our vehicle,’ referring to FRSC, hence other people that joined in the attack only took advantage of our members.”

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