Shortly before the inauguration of the new governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, touts went on rampage outside the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, venue of the event.
The touts had gathered outside the stadoum in groups, smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. As they fought each other, innocent persons and vehicles parked along the road were not spared. While damaging parts of vehicles the thugs also harassed innocent people into parting some money and valuables.
The cause of the fight could not be immediately ascertained and it is not clear if the touts had any affiliations to the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) who many usually finger for such violent conducts in the past.
There had been threats of park coups from some groups within the state NURTW but Makinde in a statement on Tuesday warned that his administration will be ruthless with trouble makers irrespective of who they were in or outside the transport union.