- The Ondo state government has taken measures to prevent a civil unrest from escalating further
- The government blamed the National Union of Road Transport Workers for the disturbance
- No arrests have been made about the clash which occurred around the busy Oba Adesida road of Akure
The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has announced the indefinite suspension of all activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) across the state.
The suspension was imposed on Tuesday, March 9, following a violent clash between the factions of the Ondo state chapter of the union, The Nation reported.
The government described the clash as unruly and uncultured behaviour of the union leaders which resulted in violent attacks on members and innocent citizens.
According to a spokesperson for the governor, Doyin Odebowale, all NURTW members are to immediately vacate all motor parks across the state, The Punch reported.
Odebowale, however, clarified that the indefinite suspension would not affect RTEAN.
According to The Punch, while the armed union members attacked each other, residents and traders in the popular area ran for their lives leaving business activities paralysed. Vehicles were also vandalised by the fighters during the clash.
In another report by The Cable, an unidentified man was reportedly killed during the clash that occurred around Benin/Ado garage along Ilesha/Owo expressway.
Meanwhile, all pupils and students in Ondo state have been ordered to compulsorily recite the Oodua Anthem in their schools by the state government.
The newspaper sighted a copy of the circular, titled ‘Recitation of Oodua Anthem in all schools’, on Thursday, March 4, in Akure.
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