Police arrest Lagos NURTW leaders

Operatives of the Lagos Police Command on Monday, arrested prominent members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, Kunle Poly and Sego.

They were arrested by a team of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad, led by its Commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi.

“The arrest was effected today at a meeting where the two NURTW members along with some other stakeholders converged. Kunle Poly and Sego are currently being transferred to Zone II, Onikan, Lagos”, the Police said, adding that  Kunle Poly and Sego are principal suspects in the recurring clashes in Idumota and its environs.

The latest crisis had crippled commercial activities in the area. Two persons were feared killed during a clash between two factional members of a transport union in the area  on Thursday.

The two factions (Eyo boys, reportedly loyal to a union leader known as Kunle Poly, and Kosoko boys) have been at loggerheads over control of territory in the bustling commercial centre.

It was gathered that Eyo boys expected Kosoko boys collecting levies from commercial bus drivers on Idumota Bridge to make returns but the latter declined.

The growing tension reportedly erupted in a clash around 12pm on Thursday as hoodlums fired gunshots and brandished cutlasses.

One person was said to have been shot dead while another bled to death from machete cuts inflicted on him.

The violence forced traders in markets around the area to abruptly shut down their shops and run for their dear life.

Videos of the clash went viral on Friday, with one of the clips showing a bloodied youth being carried away in a wheelbarrow as people ran helter-skelter.

However, normalcy was restored to the area on Friday as policemen and soldiers were stationed in strategic points around the scene but commercial activities had yet to fully return.

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