9 January 2013

Nigeria: NURTW Denies Involvement in Offa/Erinle Clash

Ilorin — The Kwara State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has denied involvement of its members in the violent clash which occurred between Offa and Erin-Ile communities last Saturday.

A statement made available to newsmen in Ilorin yesterday and signed by the state union's chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Issa Ore, described the clash as an age-long communal clash.

It added that the NURTW members neither partook nor supported the fracas as being made to believe in some quarters and stated that it would be naïve of any section of the society to link it with the communal unrest.

The statement added that the union remains "a disciplined organisation that would not drag its reputable name into the mud".

The union commended the state govern-ment for wading into the violence on time and called on the two communities to embrace peace in the interest of growth and development.

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