The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Imo State have declared an indefinite strike over attacks by suspected political thugs on their members during the 2023 May Day celebration in the state on Monday.
In a communique jointly issued on Monday by the NLC National General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja and his TUC counterpart, Nuhu Toro, the labour unions alleged that agents of the Imo State Government carried out the attack against the workers in the state.
In a video clip posted, Tuesday, on the verified Facebook page of the NLC Headquarters in Abuja, several chairs, canopies and other materials, apparently brought for the workers’ celebration, were scattered.
Some young men believed to be the officials of the union, were seen standing by, discussing the incident.
“This is at the Imo State Workers’ Day (Celebration). The governor’s boys came and spoilt all my sound systems, (and) speakers, alongside the fuse that I was charging at the venue. They made away with my laptop,” a voice, believed to be that of a disc jockey, contracted to play music at the event, was heard in the background of the video.
“This is so disgusting. This is very bad. I can’t believe what my eyes are seeing. They chased everybody away. Spoilt all the canopies. Spoilt the chairs,” the voice added.