Ayuba Wabba, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has said Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai has hired thugs to attack protesting workers and disrupt the protest in the state on Tuesday.
The thugs were said to have attacked the labour leaders where the workers assembled with armed security personnel but after Governor Nasir el-Rufai left the power Holding Company of Nigeria, PCHN office which is adjacent where the protesters’ assembly.
The hoodlums came in a bus, tricycle (Keke Napep) and attacked the Labour leaders with various weapons like sticks, stones, bottles and machete.
There was a disturbance as the police who have been guiding the protesting workers on their demonstrations swiftly responded by firing teargas at the hoodlums.
The workers also support the police in repelling the thugs one of whom was caught and beaten mercilessly.
Wabba announced that one of the suspected thugs below the age of 16 died as a result of the stone thrown at him accidentally by one of the thugs.
However, the workers moved on with their procession back to the state secretariat of the NLC after the disruption.
Wabba alleged that the governor paid some youths N500 each to scattered the protest of the workers who protested the mass sacking of civil servants in the state on Tuesday.
This week, Governor Nasir El-Rufai declared Wabba the NLC leader and other labour leaders wanted for alleged economic sabotage even as he sacked nurses below Grade Level 14.
The NLC condemned the attack and threatened to embark on a nationwide strike.
Based on the crisis, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG reacted and expressed their concern and sadness over the attack on the protesters of labour congress in the state and warned of serious outcome should barbarically continue.
NUPENG said they might also embark on a nationwide strike over an attack on leaders of NLC and the President.
By our Reporter.