Lagos – The Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) has in a statement disclosed that the thugs who were sent to attack workers during NLC’s mass protest in Kaduna on Thursday were led by the Special Assistant to the Governor of Kaduna State on Public Affairs, Mouktar Maigamo. NLC, in the statement signed by Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, its General Secretary, alleged that the thugs were seen wielding machetes as they moved towards the secretariat of the State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Kaduna.
The congress expatiated in the release that “Though we have also been reliably informed that 10 of the hoodlums were arrested, we insist that the Special Assistant must also be arrested. All those arrested must be prosecuted by security agencies. We condemn the security agencies for preventing several union leaders and workers from entering Kaduna city as all the entry points were occupied by heavily armed security agents. The actions of the security agents, ostensibly at the behest of the Governor, are clear violations of the fundamental rights of workers, like every other Nigerian, to free movement.”
As conveyed by the statement, before the mass protests, the information that emanated from all security agencies, especially the Police and Department of State Security, (DSS), ought to have been checkmated. The congress stated that it expected all the security agencies involved to provide adequate coverage and security for the protection of workers participating in the procession and not to prevent entry of labour leaders and workers into Kaduna city.
The statement read in part; “For us, the actions of the police, army and other security agencies, who chose to act against the people on the orders of the State Government cannot and will not deter us from taking further mass actions against the illegal and irresponsible sack of workers in Kaduna State.
The congress in the statement applauded all the workers and its allies who participated in the protest march on Thursday, and reassured the Kaduna State workers of its continued support.
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Author: Isaac Asabor