Despite the heavy security presence in Kaduna on Thursday morning to foil the protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, against the Kaduna State Government’s sack of thousands of workers, Labour Leaders along with a massive crowd of workers gathered, displaying placards and flags and singing union slogans at the gate of the Labour House, which is the NLC Secretariat in the State.
The NLC organised the march to protest the sack of thousands of workers by the State Government, while the State Government and the Police had warned against the march.
About 24 Police vans, two Armoured cars, 10 special motorcycles and hundreds of Police officers and Soldiers were on the streets on Thursday morning, many stationed about 40 meters from the Labour House gate along Independence Way.
“We are ordered by the CP (Commissioner of Police) not to allow the protesters to cross Independence Way; We are restricting them to the premises of Labour House,” a Police officer who took position in front of the Labour gate said.
Labour Leaders, however, remained defiant.
“We will push them (security) away and proceed on our protest. They can’t intimidate us.
“So, Nigeria has this military might and the country is still facing security challenges,” one of the workers said.
Mukhtar Aliyu, Spokesperson of the Police in the State, said they are also embarking on a show of force around major flash points in the metropolis.
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