17 arrested as hoodlums clash in Lagos

Precious Igbonwelundu

Seventeen persons were on Monday arrested after a fight broke out between two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at Oluwole, Lagos Island.

Several persons were reported injured with some saying there might have been one fatality.

The fight, which started at about 2:45pm, was said to have been over the control of a park.

It was gathered that the factions had agreed that the control of the park would be rotated between them on a weekly basis.

But one of the factions reneged on the agreement, which forced the other to storm the streets ready for war.

Traders around Mandilas, shoppers and residents of the area were said to have scampered for safety when the hoodlums started throwing bottles across the road.

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The Nation reports that yesterday’s fight at Oluwole was the third in two weeks involving NURTW members in the area.

Violence also broke out at Berger Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday evening that left at least two persons injured.

It was gathered that the fight which started in the evening, was instigated by one Musibau Issa, a meat vendor said to be on the run.

Issa, our correspondent gathered, had mobilised some touts to disrupt a party where the group met stiff resistance.

Motorists plying the bridge said cutlasses were being thrown into the air by the hoodlums without a care for innocent passersby.

“That bridge area is becoming something else. They were just flinging cutlasses from one side to the other without a care for those driving or passing by. Many people sustained injuries there,” said a woman.

Police spokesman Bala Elkana said 15 persons were arrested over the Lagos Island crisis and two in respect of the incident at Berger.

Elkana told our correspondent that no one died in both clashes, adding that two persons sustained injuries in the Berger crisis.

He said: “For the Oluwole issue, police have taken over the park. Calm gas returned there. 15 suspects were arrested and they have been charged to court. No one died and nobody was injured.”

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