By: Okosun Dennis
After a tensed moment of clash between members of National bUnion of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and motorcycle riders in Ojo area of Lagos metropolis has been quelled.
Confirming the development, the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, 9 Brigade , Ikeja Cantonment, Major Kolawole Bello said in a statement on Monday that sequel to the violent crisis that broke out allegedly between commercial motorcyclists and members of NURTW around Iyano Iba Market near Lagos State University (LASU) today, 26th April, 2021.
He further explained that based on the development, the Commanding Officer, 149 Battalion Ojo received a request for support from the Divisional Police Station Ojo.
As a result, the Commanding Officer sought and obtain the permission of the outgoing Commander, 9 Brigade, Brigadier General Sale Kawugana, who is also the Coordinator of Operation MESA (a joint internal security outfit) in Lagos State
He personally had to visit Ojo Cantonment to draft soldiers on Operation MESA to the scene to assist the Police restore law and order as well as protect lives and properties of innocent citizens.
It was gathered that the soldiers in conjunction with the Police immediately moved to the scene and successfully restored normalcy to the area to the admiration of many peace-loving citizens and motorists plying the Ojo – Badagry Express Road.
Meanwhile, the Commander, Brig Gen Kawugana, also directed the soldiers to remain and pin-down patrolling the area in conjunction with the Police until normalcy is fully restored and every commercial activities restored in the area.