NLC PROTESTERS UNDER ATTACK: The state minister of labor and employment Dr. Chris Ngige alleged that federal government will invite labor leaders for a dialogue.
While calling on Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai the Kaduna State Governor to offer peace following the violence that took place on Tuesday, May 18th 2021.
Tension started when Governor El Rufai through his tweets on Tuesday 18th may
declared NLC president Ayubba Wabba and other union leaders wanted, for Economic Sabotage and attack on public infrastructure.
According to the governor. ‘’A handsome reward’’ awaits anyone who knows the hideout of the labor leader, and sends a message to Kaduna State ministry of justice.
However, Less than two hours after the tweet, the governor’s convoy passed by the protesters, to the nearby gates of the headquarters of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company.
HOW THE ATTACKED HAPPENED
The labor activists were in the street as part of the second day of 5-day warning strike this was to protest the mass sack of workers in the state when they came under attack.
They converged at the NEPA roundabout in the city center to commence their protest.
Thugs believed to have been hired by the state government arrived the protest ground around 12:21 pm.
Holding sticks and knives then began to beat and hit the protesters, Security agents were forced to use tear gas.
Then fired shots severally in the air to disperse the thugs. The workers were forced to retreat as well.
The NLC president alleged after the incident that the thugs who attacked the protesters were hired.
The Kaduna state government came under attack following the attack on the labor union during their peaceful protest.
The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) threatened to shut down all of its facilities nationwide if any of the labor leaders are hurt.
Ezenwa Nwangwu, the Executive Director. Peering Advocacy and Advancement Center in Africa (PAACA) condemned the actions of the governor.
According to him, they consider the governor’s action as uncharitable, irrational, and insensitive, especially at a time when Nigerians in all states are battling with harsh economic realities, coupled with hunger, insecurity, unemployment and poor governance.
The states intention to cut back on expenses in other to meet its financial obligations to the good people of Kaduna is highly commendable.
But to do that at the expense of the ordinary Nigerians whose income can only do so much for them and their families can be considered cruel and therefore unacceptable.
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