Several people have been reportedly injured in Ado-Ekiti following a clash between the different transport union groups which occurred yesterday.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the incident involved members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, who disagreed over the leadership of the union.
According to available information, the incident led to chaos in the state as daily activities were paralysed.
The different factions of the union were reported to have earlier disagreed over the release of a former chairman of the union, Mr Rotimi Olabiwonnu by a court who declared him and six others of being innocent of the alleged killing of an Ex-chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ekiti, Chief Omolafe Aderiye.
Olabiwonnu and the others who regained freedom were said to have been kept in jail for more than three years before the court declared them innocent of the alleged criminal offence.
Reports recalTheylled that late Aderiye was killed by men suspected to be hired killers in his office in Ado Ekiti on September 24, 2014.
However, yesterday clash erupted after the Police again arrest Olabiwonnu for an undisclosed offence which his loyalists perceived is another plot to incarcerate him after he has been declared not guilty by the court.
A source who pleaded anonymity revealed that Olabiwonnu is a loyalist of Dr, Kayode Fayemi, the new governor-elect of the state, while the leader of another faction who was involved in the clash, Samuel Agbede is a loyalist of the incumbent Governor of the State, Ayodele Fayose.
Traders were reported not to be able to carry out their trading activities while other residents in the clash area ran for safety as the members of the union exchanged gunshots which left several persons injured.
The police, however, were reported to have responded promptly to the situation and calm has been restored.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu disclosed that the police have been briefed and officers have been deployed to the area.