Suspected Thugs Disperse Protesters At Ngige’s Residence
9 May 2019 National News
A group of protesters led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday morning barricaded the residence of the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, in Asokoro, Abuja.
The protesters who stormed the residence as early as 5 am yesterday said they took the action against the minister for not inaugurating the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) board.
The labour leaders and their members barricaded the minister’s residence with two tankers which were parked at the entrance. In a dramatic turn of events, suspected thugs waylaid the protesting members of the NLC as they moved to picket the residence of the minister.
NLC President, Com. Ayuba Wabba, alongside his NUPENG counterpart, Com. Eniredonana Akporeha Williams, who led the protesters, alleged that the thugs were mobilised to manhandle any labour member found within the area of the minister’s residence.
“Why are you fighting us? Why are you stoning us?” Wabba and other labour union members who were denied access and chased away from the ministers’ residence queried the thugs.
Those who sustained injuries were rushed to the hospital while a journalist got his car’s windscreen smashed. Wabba who was at the hospital with the FCT commissioner of police said about nine persons were injured and two others in critical condition.
While addressing the press yesterday at the National Hospital, Wabba said they were using all manners of weapons to attack us adding that, “A meeting will hold today by 2 pm where a decision will be taken. Certainly, that decision will scale down to all the states,” disclosing that the decision of the picketing was a decision of the National Delicates Conference of NLC because this was an issue that had been going on for over three years.”