The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused the Kaduna State government of hiring 50 trucks filled with thugs to invade the state secretariat and attack workers protesting against Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
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Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President, made the claim while speaking in an interview on Wednesday.
According to Wabba, the Kaduna government paid N500 each to some youths to disrupt the demonstration of the workers who protested the mass sacking of civil servants in the state on Tuesday.
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“As I speak with you this morning, the security agencies are already there and they (Kaduna) have hired about 50 trucks of thugs to try to invade the NLC state office where our people are already converging. Is this democracy? Even under military (regime), labour leaders, labour laws have not been violated as it is today,” Wabba said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“The security agencies are already there, they are taking pictures, they are recording everything, all the vehicles, all the people.
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“Yesterday (Tuesday), those people that were hired to carry placards, I have the records, they were paid N500 each. In fact, I have them on record, they are youths, most of them are below the age of 17. What kind of system are we running? The press needs to ask them what are they protesting for because our people that are affected, their stories can be heard. Basically, propaganda in this case must be exposed.”
The NLC commenced a five-day warning strike in the state on Monday following the decision by Governor El-Rufai to disengage 4,000 workers across the 23 local government areas, citing the state’s high wage bill for the development.
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In response, the governor on Tuesday declared the NLC President, Wabba, and other leaders of the congress wanted for alleged economic sabotage.
The strike has resulted in a power outage, shut down of the airport, closure of schools and fuel queues in various parts of the state.