Idumota Clash: Lagos Govt. Suspends NURTW Activities on Lagos Island Indefinitely

The Lagos State Government has suspended the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers indefinitely on Lagos Island.

Special Adviser to the governor on transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka announced the suspension.

The action is coming barely 24 hours after the threat by the National President of the Union, Ibikunle Baruwa, that the operations of its Lagos chapter may be suspended.

The areas covered by the suspension include Church Street, Eyin Eyo, and Idumota Bridge.

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Fayinka stated this on Tuesday at a stakeholders meeting comprising NURTW, Central Business District, CBD, and Lagos State Market Women Association (Iya Oloja General and Iya Oloja of Lagos Island) held at Alausa, Ikeja, to address the crisis often caused by activities of transport union members.

To prevent further acts of violence at Idiomatic, Fayinka explained that the Lagos State Parks Monitoring Authority will resume work at Eyin Eyo.

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Fayinka further stated that the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, has been directed to deploy Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) on Idumota Bridge to deter motorists from driving against traffic in compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

They will also enforce the suspension of the NURTW within the axis and simultaneously flush out the Oju Opake boys lurking along Plaza around Church Street axis.

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It will be recalled that the RRS had on Monday arrested Kunle Poly and Sego, both NURTW chiefs in the state following the breakdown of law and order in Idumota as a result of the clash between the separate groups loyal to the NURTW officials.

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