For the first time since the on-going nationwide demonstration against the removal of fuel subsidy commenced, Labour leaders in Enugu State yesterday embarked on a peaceful protest a few metres from the office of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Gun-wielding policemen numbering over 100 cordoned off all the entrances to the NLC office and restricted them from getting close to the office entrance.
No casualty was recorded during the protest which lasted less than an hour.
Speaking with newsmen during the protest, the state NLC chairman, Nze Chumaife stated that what they did was a display of courage, adding that it was their civic right to demonstrate.
He disclosed that their inability to go beyond the restricted area was informed by the large number of policemen with armoured tanks that barricaded the place.
“What they (Police or state government) are doing is against the rights of the citizens, but we said we must come out, even if they are going to shoot us and we will continue to do it,” he said.
Reacting to the arrest and imprisonment of one of the labour leaders, the NLC chairman said the union had contacted the national office of the congress, lawyers, the civil society groups and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) over the matter.