Driver Dies, Police Arrest 11 As Kwara Transport Workers Clash

A fracas which reportedly began on Saturday in Kwara State, spilled over to Sunday morning resulting in the death of a driver and destruction of RTEAN office and three vehicles.

Reports have confirmed that a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Offa chapter in Kwara, was killed on Sunday in a fracas involving the union and its counterpart, Road Transport Employers of Nigeria (RTEAN).

A report in NAN says 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.

It was further revealed 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 turns to their various destinations.

The fracas was said to have began on Saturday 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, the Area Commander, Omu-Aran Police Division, Ayodele Olatunji, said that six members of NURTW and five of RTEAN have been arrested in connection with the fracas.

He 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 Relation Officer, Kwara Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, 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 on their reactions to the incident.

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