For two consecutive days, commercial drivers operating under the umbrella of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, plying Ikere-Akure route engaged themselves in fierce battle of wits which led to the death of one of them.
Trouble was said to have started last Friday when a commercial driver from Akure, Ondo State was confronted at Ikere Ekiti to pay certain amount of due by an official of the union and an argument ensued which later degenerated into a fisticuff.
During the scuffle, one commercial driver, Mr Sunday Ajisafe who was said to have been beaten by one of the officials of the union in Ikere slumped. He was subsequently rushed to the SpecialistHospital, Ikere Ekiti and died before reaching the hospital.
The unfortunate development prompted his colleagues from Akure to mobilize to Ikere on Monday under the pretext that they had come to remove the remains of the deceased from the morgue in Akure.
But the management of the hospital were said to have persuaded the drivers to tarry a bit so as to let them conduct a post mortem examination of the body of the deceased,a request ,they were said to have turned down and behaved irrationally
In a desperate bid to remove the corpse, they were said to have assaulted nurses and other health workers in the hospital and raided some major shops, especially those selling hand phones in the town
The drivers ,who were said to have armed themselves with dangerous weapons like cudgel, cutlasses, axes and juju and subsequently unleashed terror on the residents of the town by beating every driver sighted in the motor parks mercilessly
While returning to their base in Akure, drivers in Ikere were said to have blocked the major roads ,however, some of them escaped with the corpse of their colleague
The Chief Medical Director (CMD)of Ikere Specialist Hospital Dr (Mrs ) Mary Olaosebikan confirmed the molestation. and assault suffered by the staff of the hospital by the visiting drivers
The state chairman of NURTW, Chief Julius Jegede confirmed the incident, saying the leadership of the union in both Ekiti and Ondo have met with a view of resolving the matter
Jegede, however said peace have returned back to the town ,as his people have removed all the road blocks mounted on the road
The police image maker in the state, Mr Victor Babayemi confirmed the incident, attributing the onslaught to the death of the driver who came from Akure
Babayemi, a ASP said police has since drafted his men to maintain law and order in the town
The PPRO , assured that police would get to the root of the situation, however said no arrest was made so far.