Bloodbath In Shendam, Plateau State Over NURTW Election; Group Accuses Gov. Lalong Over Crisis

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Yakubu Busari

The election of the local chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Yelwa , Shendam Local Government Council of Plateau state  today turned bloody, as the leadership accused Governor Simon Bako Lalong of causing the mayhem by for imposing Alh. Yusuf Katungu as the Chairman.

The crisis led to destruction of properties and houses being torched as a result of the incident on Thursday afternoon.

Our correspondent gathered that Yelwa village of Shendam local government area of the state where the leadership crisis was engaged also rocked the natives bringing hatred among the residents.

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According to eyes witness, the crisis emerged following the swearing in of Yusuf Katungu as the new chairman of branch two of NURTW in the area who was rejected by a group in the union.

The embattled chairman who was said to be Governor Simon Lalong’s tribesmen and who come from the same village was alleged to have enjoyed the backing of the state leadership of NUTRW and APC from the LGA before the election, alleging that money was used to induce the electoral officials.

But when contacted on the allegation, the state secretary of NUTRTW and secretary of electoral committee, Adamu Idris, debunked the allegation, describing it as a false one.

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