The Nigeria Labour Congress, Ekiti State chapter, has called on the federal government to dismiss the policemen who killed some protesting workers in Nasarawa State on July 29, 2016.
NLC said the killing violated code and conduct, respect for sanctity of human lives, rules of engagements as well as the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria and that the perpetrators deserve to be dealt with to restore sanity to policing in Nigeria.
It said this in reaction to the murder of the protesting workers, who were allegedly shot by policemen stationed at the government house in Lafia, the Nasarawa capital city, while protesting the slashing of their monthly salaries by the administration of Governor Tanko Al-Makura.
A statement in Ado Ekiti on Thursday by its Chairman, Com Ade Adesanmi said the body supported the national leadership of the Congress, which had earlier harped on the need for justice to be done in the matter to prevent the country from being reduced to a banana republic.
Adesanmi described the killing as a not only repulsive, but a flagrant display of gangsterism by those who were to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.
The statement tagged ‘an Injury to one is an Injury to all’, urged the government at all levels to give adequate supports to the deceased’s families and also pay the bills incurred by survivors.
Adesanmi said: “In compliance with the National directive that all the state congresses of NLC should solidarise with the workers of Nasarawa state whose rights have been unlawfully abridged and whose salaries have been slashed by the government without due process, we condemn utterly this wanton killing and we call for a disciplinary action against the perpetrators.
“In fulfillment of our popular slogan ‘an injury to one is an to all’, we the entire workers of Ekiti State vehemently condemn this act of barbarism and unresponsiveness on the part of both the Nasarawa State police command and Nasarawa State government.
“We also join other comrades in the entire 36 states of the federation to mourn some of our own who were felled by the police bullets in their prime ages.
“We also sympathize with others who equally sustained various degrees of injuries as a result o senseless shooting by the police at the gate of government house on July 29, 2016 while waiting to hear the outcome of the negotiation with government on the unlawful reduction of their salaries”.