The Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria in Lagos State has called on the state government to urgently intervene in the fracas between it and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
The Publicity Secretary of RTEAN, Alhaji Abdulrahman Amusan, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.
Some members of NURTW and RTEAN had on Thursday morning at Obalende Motor Park on Lagos Island engaged in a free-for-all over the control of the garage.
The police later restored normalcy.
Amusan said: “We want the Lagos State Government to, as a matter of urgency, intervene in the matter.
“We are for peace.
“We have been working in Obalende for many years without any problem.
“We are owners, we are not touts, we love and cherish peace.
“We want our members to maintain peace and ensure law and order no matter the provocations.”
Amusan claimed that the fight occurred because members of the NURTW attempted to dislodge RTEAN members from their area of operations at Obalende.
According to him, RTEAN members resisted the attempt and it resulted in the fight.
He said: “We have been working at Obalende for long.
“All of a sudden, on Monday, members of the NURTW encroached into the area of operations of RTEAN.
“This morning when they came, they met with resistance from our members there, and that led to the fracas.
“We had been co-existing for so many years.”
However, the state NURTW Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, claimed that the fight occurred because members of RTEAN attacked NURTW members in a bid to take over the motor park.