Lagos Govt urges NURTW factions to quit in-fighting

Lagos Govt urges NURTW factions to quit in-fighting

The Lagos State Government has appealed to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to end their violence.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, January 20, by Gbenga Oyerinde, Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Central Business Districts who urged warring factions to embrace peace.

Oyerinde also appealed to the union to desist from destruction, which gives credence to insinuations that Lagos allows hoodlums and criminals.

1st News had learned that opposition gang members attacked each other, leaving many injured including traders and commuters.

One person is feared dead.

Guns, cutlasses, knives, clubs, and dangerous weapons were openly used during the fracas that paralyzed business activities.

Parts of the Lagos Island including Idumota, Kosoko, Oluwole, Martins, and Balogun witnessed the bloody clashes.

Oyerinde attributed the violence to “infiltration of the area by street gangs and hoodlums from other parts of the state into the island under the guise of membership of NURTW”.

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The aide noted that the government “is doing all within its power to restore the peace of the area”.

Oyerinde advised members of the public to be vigilant and security conscious while within the Lagos Island Business District.

“Security operatives have been mandated to arrest and prosecute anybody breaching the peace of the area”, he said.

Oyerinde further told security operatives not to be discouraged in their efforts to protect lives and property.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday, January 20; noted that it will not reverse its decision to call out Nigerian workers on January 27; over the Federal Government’s decision to stop paying fuel subsidies by June.

This was disclosed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who said the organised Labour had made its intention known on the matter.

According to him, there was no justification whatsoever for the removal.

He said Nigerian workers were being mobilised to go on the planned rally against the decision next Thursday.

Wabba, who noted that some stakeholders were still consulting with the union; said the only thing that could make it shelve the planned protest was for the government to suspend the decision.

The NLC chief noted that before the national protest, the labour union would hold protest rallies in all the 36 states of Nigeria; on January 27 against the subsidy removal.

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