The Nigeria Police Force has warned the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) that it will enforce the law should the labour unions decide to proceed on its planned industrial action on Monday.
DCP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, said this in an interview on Saturday in reaction to organised labour’s insistence that it will go ahead with its strike despite two court injections barring such action.
The labour unions had last week announced that they will go on strike from 28 September following the hike in the electricity and fuel prices.
The labour unions said they would only shelve the planned strike if the Federal Government reversed the recent hikes.
However, the National Industrial Court in Abuja had on Thursday granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on 28 September or any other day following an ex parte application filed by a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association,
Justice Ibrahim Galadima, who issued the interim order, had on Friday issued another order restraining the unions from going ahead with the strike, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
The Federal Government of Nigeria and the AGF are the plaintiffs in the second suit marked NICN/ABJ/257/2020. The ex parte application was signed by the AGF, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Asked about how the situation will be handled, the Force PRO stated that the police will be guided by the position of the law.
“What does the law say in this circumstance? We would enforce the law. That is the only thing I can say,” Mba told the Punch.
The meeting between the labour unions and the Federal Government had been adjourned till Monday following the failure of the two parties to reach a compromise on the matter.