Lagos Condemns RTEAN Clash Over Right To Collect Commercial Vehicle Tolls


The Lagos State Government has commenced investigation into the transport union fracas which occurred at Iyana-Iba and Lagos Island, in the early hours of yesterday.

Disclosing this in a statement on Wednesday, the state government condemned the unruly act of members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in some areas, and warned them not to disrupt the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in the state.

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The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, issued the warning on Wednesday, after the fracas that broke out in some parts of the state.

This followed a protest by some RTEAN union members who were demanding the removal of the national president of the association.

Addressing the protesting members, Giwa called for calm and warned that the government will not tolerate any breakdown of law and order in the state.

He added that the commissioner of police has deployed officers to the affected areas to deal with erring members of the union.

The special adviser said the state is investigating the allegations levelled against the national president of the union and would resolve every lingering issue, while calling on members to maintain peace.

Giwa reiterated the need for unions to always adopt peaceful ways of resolving their indifferences, rather than resorting to fracas and violence. He promised to disclose the outcome of the investigation when concluded.

On his part, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Benjamin Hundeyin, has confirmed that there was crisis between the union members.

He said, “One person was injured and he is receiving treatment in the hospital. No life was lost and the police have moved into the place. No arrest has been made, but normalcy has returned to the place.”