Many people were reportedly injured on Monday, in the Fagba area of Lagos, as a clash involving 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, turned bloody.
Crisis, it was gathered, occurred when loyalists of Oluomo’ attempted to officially take over the parks from the NURTW.
This was, however, met with resistance by those who were in charge of the motor parks.
Eyewitnesses said the crisis started in the morning and escalated to Ogba in Ifako/Ijaiye and Pen Cinema where many people were said to be gravely injured.
An eyewitness who named self as Mojere Ope told journalists that a foreboding of the crisis was noticed a few days ago when Akinsanya was announced as the Committee Chairman of the Parks and Garages.
“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,” the source informed.
Another eyewitness, Solagbade Alogba, similarly told newsmen that he was caught in the crossfire, said, “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.”