Police Arrest Six Over Obalende Violence, Invite Transport Union Leaders

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested six suspected hoodlums allegedly responsible for the clash between two transport unions in the Obalende area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, who said this in a statement issued after the incident stated that normalcy had been restored to the area.

There was a clash with hoodlums shooting everywhere in Obalende area on Thursday morning. The incident caused pandemonium and commuters and motorists deserted the area until normalcy was restored.

It was later found out that the clash was between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the Road Transport Employers’ Association Of Nigeria.

He also said the leaders of the warring unions have been invited for interrogation.

Adejobi said, “The Command has deployed resources to disperse and suppress the hoodlums fomenting troubles at Obalende area of Lagos State. Normalcy has been restored to the area.

“Based on preliminary findings, the crisis, that occurred today Thursday 11th February 2021, was between transport unions in the area and no life was lost.

“Six (6) suspected hoodlums have been arrested and handed over to state CID, Panti, Yaba for discreet investigation.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has warned that the command will not condone any act of lawlessness and criminality in the state. He however directed the area commander Area A, Lion Building, ACP Bode Ojajuni, to intensify efforts on flushing the hoodlums out of the area and on the Lagos Island in general, with the available recourses deployed to the area command.

“The leaders of transport unions in the area, however, have been invited for interrogation and further actions.”