Any time there seem to be any news about NURTW it is always from the southwest. Be it clashes between various factions of NURTW sometimes assuming a fatal dimension or death resulting from disputed election of their members. Go to the north or east Yoruba people are well represented in NURTW.Nigeria Tribune 11th August, 2010: Hoodlums throw Ibadan into confusion •As NURTW members clash over motor parks
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Written by Emmanuel Adeniyi, Dare Adekanbi and Adebayo Waheed Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Residents of Ibadan were on Tuesday, thrown into confusion, as they scampered for safety when pandemonium broke out and another Fun of violence was brazenly displayed by some road transport workers in the city.
The hoodlums, who went to Molete, Oja-Oba, Sango, Challenge, Eleyele and many other places in the metropolis threatened to take over motor parks in Ibadan allegedly to enforce a court order.
It will be recalled that Oyo State government recently proscribed the union in the state and directed chairmen of local governments to take over the existing motor parks in the state in a bid to maintain peace and prevent breakdown of law and order in the parks.
According to an eyewitness, the hoodlums shot sporadically into the air, while some of them went about brandishing dangerous weapons, apparently to ward off possible attacks from their opponents and create an impression of their readiness to take over the motor parks in the metropolis.
The Oyo State police commissioner, Alhaji Baba Adisa Bolanta, who confirmed the arrest of 17 persons, said that 24 vehicles and 12 motorcycles which they used to terrorised members of the public were also impounded, while dangerous weapons were recovered from them.
Meanwhile, an Ibadan-based youth organisation, the Oluyole Vanguard has warned the union against turning the Ibadan metropolis into a battlefield over the leadership crisis rocking the state chapter of the NURTW.
In a statement signed by its secretary, Miss Abimbola Alabi, and made available to the Nigerian Tribune, the group called on Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, the state commissioner of police, Alhaji Adisa Bolanta and other stakeholders to curb the “violent activities” of the union in the interest of law-abiding residents of Ibadanland.