Two factions of the Osun State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers have engaged in violence as they fight to control the Old Garage motor park in Osogbo, the state capital on Monday.
According to reports available to NIGERIACRIME, there was sporadic shooting at different parks as one of the groups struggle to take back control of the park that had been taken from them earlier on Sunday.
Residents in the area were said to scamper to safety to avoid being hit being bullets as the hoodlums also reportedly attacked motor parks around Oke-Baale, Ilesa Garage and Old Coca-Cola Area all within the Osogbo metropolis.
The attackers were said to have attacked some union members reporting for duty.
A source confirmed that the clashes later spread to Ayetoro area where a member of the union was reportedly attacked with matchet and had to abandon his vehicle and ran to safety after which the assailants set the abandoned vehicle ablaze.
It would be recalled that about 10 members of the NURTW were reportedly injured across Osun when the forceful take over started on Sunday.
The group behind the attacks were said to have recruited hoodlums and stormed the state secretariat of the union in Osogbo shortly after the inauguration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as Osun governor.
As of the time of filing this report, the alleged attackers were said to be occupying the secretariat located along Osogbo/Ilesa road.
It was also learnt that the hoodlums behind the attack injured the state Financial Secretary of the union, Sunday Akinwale and vandalised the building as well as some vehicles parked within the premises.
Confirming the attack, the State Secretary of the Union, Osundiya Akinsola, said he was ferried to safety by some policemen who responded to distress call when the attackers stormed the area.
He further said, “Our Financial Secretary, Sunday Akinwale, was attacked. Our state secretariat was vandalised.
“Our park at Old Coca Cola Area in Osogbo was attacked, our members at Ijetu Motor park in Osogbo were attacked.
“A bus and a Toyota Sienna vehicle belonging to the Financial Secretary parked within the premises of our state secretariat were vandalised. Those that perpetrated the attack are still there presently.
“In all, over 10 members were attacked and injured. This number included those that were attacked in Ilesa town. Those that carried out the attack wanted to forcefully take over the leadership of the union.
“The ring leader of the attack is not one of our officials. He wanted to forcefully take over the union. He has shown interest in becoming the State Chairman and his ambition is against the Constitution of our union. We have informed the police, the Department of State Services and even the family of the new governor about activities of these miscreants.”