Police vow showdown with NLC, TUC over planned strike

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Police authorities have vowed to enforce the law as a strike planned by organised labour to protest hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price kicks off Monday.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and their affiliate unions have vowed not to back down on the industrial action until the Federal Government reversed the hikes.

This came as two court judgements have barred organised labour from proceeding on the planned strike.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja 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 September 28, 2020, or any other date.

The court also granted an order compelling the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi to provide protection for workers engaged in their legitimate duties from any form of harassment, intimidation and bullying by the officers, agents or privies of the unions pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

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This followed an ex-parte application filed by a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, through their counsel, Sunusi Musa.

Justice Galadima issued a similar on Friday following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN.

However, the unions claimed that the court judgements were mere rumours as they have not been served with the court orders.

Reacting to the planned strike, police authorities vowed to enforce 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,” Sunday Punch quoted Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba to have said.

 

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