Police arrest 7 over transport unions’ crisis in Ekiti

The Ekiti Police Command has arrested seven suspects in connection with the recent violence involving two transport unions.

The suspects are all males with ages ranging from 20 years to 32 years.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the violence by members of the state chapters of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Ado-Ekiti left many people wounded on Tuesday .

Ikechukwu said that the arrest followed a tiff-off.

He said that two guns, three expended cartridges, four cutlasses, a jackknife and Suzuki Mini Bus with plate number Ekiti KER 509 XA were recovered from the suspects.

The spokesman said that the crisis resulted from supremacy tussle between NURTW and RTEAN members.

“As soon as investigations are concluded, all the suspects will be charged to court,’’ he said.

He thanked members of the public who gave timely and accurate information on the incident.

He said that the information helped to secure lives and property.