Tajudeen Baruwa, the President of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), has been apprehended by law enforcement authorities. He was taken into custody along with 21 other individuals, including three national officers of the union in the capital city of Abuja.
Those arrested have been charged with alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, public disturbance and conducts likely to cause breach of peace.
They were arrested and detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, and subsequently moved to the facility of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad popularly known as abattoir, located in Guzape, Abuja, PUNCH Metro learnt.
Confirming the development in an exclusive interview with our correspondent on Thursday night, spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, Josephine Adeh, revealed that the suspects would be charged to court following conclusion of police investigation.
“The NURTW president was arrested alongside 21 others. They’re being charged with criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, public disturbance, and conducts likely to cause breach of peace. They’ll be arraigned in court once investigation is concluded,” Adeh revealed.
PUNCH Metro had on Tuesday reported that at least one person was killed and several others injured.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, Haruna Garba, had earlier confirmed the arrest of 23 male suspects, and recovery of three rifles, following the chaos that engulfed the Garki area of the FCT on Tuesday during a violent clash between two factions of the NURTW on Sapele Crescent, off Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, Garki II, Abuja.
Speaking over the development in an exclusive interview with our correspondent on Tuesday night, CP Garba said, “Twenty three persons has so far been arrested, and the death toll is only one; a yet-to-be-identified male. And three rifles were also recovered from the suspects.”