Gang wars loom in Lagos as Road Transport leaders fight

Ogunsakin Mustapha
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NURTW chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo), and TOOAN Chairman, Azeez Abiola (Istijaba) at war

By Ibrahim Jibril Ikowe

There are indications of looming trouble and gang wars in Lagos State as two gang leaders struggle for dominion and control in the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW). Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya alias MC Oluomo, the Lagos State

Chairman of NURTW is presently fighting it out with Alhaji Abiola Azeez, alias Istijaba, the Chairman of Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria (TOOAN) who wants to operate independently.

Pandemonium at Alagbado on Friday morning

The decision of TOOAN to be independent almost caused chaos at Agege, Abule-Egba, and Alagbado axis on Thursday but for prompt intervention of the Lagos State Police Command under the Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi who promptly deployed officers and men of the Rapid Response Squad(RRS) to douse the tension. RRS also arrested Istijaba but was later released in the evening.

Tension how ever returned to the Alagbado are of the metropolis on Friday morning as Istijaba boys allegedly started protests. As early as 7am, residents of  Kollington area began to experience the unrest as everyone  ran helter-skelter for safety. The same thing happened simultaneously at Moshalashi, bus stop, Abeokuta street, Shofela , Abatan , Yusuf Junction, up to Mao junction. There were  union boys on bikes carrying guns, crates of beer bottles, iron rods, all heading towards mao junction.

The police arrived at Kollington by 9:01 exactly from Alakuko, while the Police from AIT arrived at the junction by 9:07am. It was like war because you can hear shootings everywhere around the area . The arrival of the police brought more confidence for the people who were made to understand what was going on. 

Our correspondent, Ibrahim Ikowe who was on ground tried to speak to the police men on the scene but was rebuffed. The DPO,  Alakuko, also directed him to call the Police PPRO. As at the time of filing this report, Alagbado area has become calm but people are afraid to settle down in their market thinking that  another fight might break out.

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