The last is yet to be heard of the controversy surrounding the approval and operation of private parks in Ika South. Some boys, alleged to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ika South, invaded Dansa Motor park, a privately owned facility, at about 8 am and inflicted untold damage to it.
According to an employee of Dansa Motors, Mr. Victor Onyemaonyeru, who witnessed the incident, the thugs, numbering about two hundred, came in buses. He said they took the workers unaware, inflicting different degrees of injuries on them.
Mr. Onyemaonyeru said they were armed with machetes, knives, sticks, and other dangerous weapons. He said three persons were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The building housing the offices of the park and the loading bay were destryed by the invaders. It was revealed that the thugs made away with the park’s signpost.
In his reaction, the managing director, of Dansa Motors, Chief Dennis Araro, said the leadership of NURTW in Ika South had slighted both the state and local governments by their invasion of his motor park, which the government gave him licence to operate.
He noted that since he received the operating licence early in August, he had not been allowed to operate.
According to him, "I opened a park at Uromi junction, but I was advised to locate it elsewhere after a meeting between the executive chairman of Ika South, Amechi, and me at Asaba."
"We were supposed to commence operation on August 12, 2010, but decided to commence on Monday, August 13. I was at home when some of our workers called me on phone about what was going on I told them not to fight back. Since January 19 this year, none of our vehicles was allowed to work. I calmed down all in the name of peace," said Chief Araro.