Showdown looms in Kaduna: Police, State govt ban rally; NLC vows to proceed

Showdown looms in Kaduna: Police, State govt ban rally; NLC vows to proceed

The Kaduna State Government and the police have warned against the mass protest scheduled for the state capital on Thursday.

However, the Nigeria Labour Congress has vowed to proceed with the rally called over the sack of workers by the state government.

The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, on Tuesday said the union will begin a series of actions with the first phase of protests in Kaduna on Thursday to defend the rights of the affected workers.

The NLC condemned the sack of teachers and thousands of other workers by the state government.

“Having exhausted all processes aimed at constructive engagement with the state government, it is clear that El-Rufai has to be stopped by all means with all means lawful for the sake of Kaduna State and Nigerian people,” Mr. Wabba said.

But at a press briefing in Kaduna on Wednesday, the spokesperson of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Samuel Aruwan, said security agencies had decided not to allow the protest to hold.

He said this was because protesters had attacked the State House of Assembly and destroyed public property in addition to engaging in unlawful assembly and other violations of the Penal Code of the state during a similar protest November last year organised by the NLC.

“To that effect the security agencies have already made it clear that no body or group will be allowed to repeat those messy incidents or threaten law and order in Kaduna State in the guise of a march,” Mr. Aruwan said.

“Trade unions cannot hold our state to ransom, by shamelessly insisting on the retention of bad teachers, or baseless claiming that a state must spend all its resources on one per cent of the population.

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