The crisis bedeviling the Ondo State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has taken in a new dimensions as one person has been feared killed as rival groups clash.
The Jacob Adebo Idajo-led Ondo State Motor Parks Management Committee, alleged some men who are loyal to a former State Deputy Chairman of the NURTW of causing unrest and attacking park managers in the state.
The men were said to be aggrieved over the setting up of the Motor Parks committee, hence leading to violent protest in Akure and other places in the state.
The Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu through his Deputy and Acting Governor of Ondo State, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa had on Monday inuagurated the State Motor Parks Management Committee.
The Jacob Adebo Idajo led 21-man committee has Evangelist Festus Obasoto as Vice Chairman, with Bayode Gbenga as Secretary.
According to one of the committee members who spoke with Journalists in Akure, “after the Ondo State government had set up Ondo State Motor Park Management committee to replace NURTW in the Sunshine state, it was learnt that some men of the former Ondo State NURTW deputy state chairman had also ordered some set of his boys and other hoodlums to allegedly attack the members of the committee been set up by the state government to be led by Comrade Adebo Jacob Idajo.
“Our sources told us that the boys of the former state deputy chairman arranged themselves, as to interrupt the inauguration of the Park Management committee earlier (on Monday) at the cocoa conference hall, governor’s office, Alagbaka Akure; which proves abortive due to the security around the venue, as they cannot operate around the governor’s office”, he said.
The Motor Parks manager alleged that the thugs which was led by loyalists of the former State Deputy Chairman of NURTW, hired other hoodlums and threatened that the state will not know peace and that, they are ready to drag issues with the state government because they don’t want Park Managers in Ondo State.
“It was also gathered that, the aforementioned names met with their victims on their way when searching for the Park Management committee members as they shot one and others injured by dangerous weapons”.
It was gathered that shortly after the ceremony, the hoodlums went to various Motor Parks and attacked members of the NURTW, a situation that disrupted vehicular activities in Akure while passengers ran for their lives.
The six victims are currently receiving treatment in a hospital in Akure as they sustained injuries as a result of machete cuts.
Reacting, spokesperson of the state police command, Funmilayo Odunlami said the case had not been reported.