Police confirms one death, 11 arrest in Kwara NURTW, RTEAN clash
A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Offa chapter in Kwara State has been confirmed dead.
This followed a fracas involving the union and its counterpart, the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigerian on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that trouble started between the members of the two associations following disagreement on the mode of transporting some students of School of Health Technology who had just vacated in the town.
NAN gathered that the fracas degenerated and resulted to a free-for-all as members failed to reach a concrete agreement on mode of loading passengers in turn to their various destinations.
The fracas was said to have began on Saturday and spilled over to Sunday morning, resulting in the death of the driver, simply called Suraju, and destruction of the RTEAN office and three vehicles.
Confirming the development to NAN, the Area Commander of Omu-Aran Police Division, Ayodele Olatunji, said six members of the NURTW and five of the RTEAN have been arrested in connection with the fracas.
Olatunji said the command was in the process of obtaining the statement of the arrested suspects before transferring the case to the state headquarters for further investigations.
The Public Police Relations Officer, Kwara Police Command, Ajayi Okasnmi, who also confirmed the killing, said the command was still awaiting the details of the mayhem.
However, officials of the affected unions in the area declined phone calls put to them by NAN on their reactions to the incident.