Many people have sustained injury during a clash involving some loyalists of the newly appointed Chairman, Lagos Parks And Garages Committee Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as ‘MC Oluomo’ and National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), members.
The incident happened at Fagba area in Lagos on Monday.
According to reports, the incident occurred in a bid by the loyalists of the newly appointed chairman to officially take over the parks from NURTW but this was met with resistance by those who were previously in-charge of the areas.
Lagos state government in a statement on April 7, appointed Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo) the head of a committee to oversee the affairs of all motor parks and garages in the state.
The appointment came hours after the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) sacked MC Oluomo as the chairman of its Lagos State chapter.
The government stated that it set up the Parks Management Committee in fulfillment of the government’s promise to ensure that events in the NURTW are not allowed to threaten law and order.
A source said the crisis was noticed a few days ago when Akinsanya was announced as the Committee Chairman of the Parks and Garages.
He stated that: “One of his loyalists from Yaya Abatan area was seen moving from garages to garages forcefully asking people to denounce their membership with NURTW and pitch their tent with ‘MC Oluomo’ but this came to its peak on Monday when some hoodlums arrived major parks simultaneously insisting that people denounce their membership with NURTW.
“This led to an altercation whereby those who refused to denounce their membership with NURTW were injured while others scampered for safety.
“Affected areas were Ogba, Ifako, Fagba and Pen Cinema where people including passers by were injured. ” He said.
Solagbade Alogba, who also witnessed the incident said the altercation met him at Pen Cinema when he was awaiting a bus to Agege, “I saw some hoodlums about 100 in number wielding dangerous weapons while people ran Helter skelter. They were shouting, ‘say MC, say Oluomo’.’ Though I don’t know their mission but took to my heels to avoid any eventuality.”
It was gathered that a victim of the incident simply identified as Samuel is currently under medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
We could not ascertain whether there are fatalities, parks and garages in the affected area have been deserted.
The situation have been put under control by police as at press time.
Alhaji Akinsanya, as at the time of filing this report could not be reached, similarly, the spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin did not respond to messages sent to his cell phones.