A violent clash among members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has claimed one life in Igogo-Ekiti, in Moba Local Government area of Ekiti State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that several others, who were also injured in the fracas, are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State command, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the death of one of the drivers.
“We heard that it was a clash between two drivers and one of them was said to have hit the deceased with a substance suspected to be a charm and died.
“Due to the fact that a life was lost, it got escalated, but the Commissioner of Police, Mr Asuquo Amba, quickly drafted more men to the area and normalcy has since been restored,” he said.
Ikechukwu said that the principal suspect had been arrested and detained by the police, adding that investigations had commenced on the incident.
Sources within the town disclosed that trouble started over issuance of daily tickets, as one of the drivers, who disagreed over the ticket, allegedly beat his colleague to death.
An eye witness said one of the drivers had obtained a ticket earlier and reportedly declined payment when asked to come and pay after some hours.
The situation, the source added, resulted in hot argument which thereafter snowballed into a free for all.
“As they started exchanging blows, one of them brought out a substance suspected to be a charm and hit the other.
“He fell immediately and became unconscious, and all efforts to revive him proved abortive”, the source explained.
Another source said that the commercial drivers used all kinds of dangerous weapons like cutlasses, cudgels and bottles during the fracas.
NAN reports that the clash paralysed commercial activities in the town before the policemen were drafted to the scene.
When contacted, the state Chairman of NURTW, Mr Osho Farotimi, condemned the incident, describing it as a sad development.