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NLC accuse police of bias in NURTW crisis


The Nigeria Labour Congress has accused the Nigeria police of taking sides in the crisis rocking the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

In a statement, the NLC said that while democratically elected leaders of the NURTW were being detained, other parties involved in the crisis had been released.

The NLC also expressed sadness over the recent violence at the NURTW national secretariat, which resulted in loss of life, injuries, and property damage.

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The NLC said that it had raised concerns about the police’s handling of the NURTW crisis in August, but that the police had ignored its warnings.

The NLC is also alarmed by the Police’s handling of the matter. Our investigations suggest undue favouritism by the State in enforcing peace. We are perturbed to learn that the democratically elected leaders of the Union are being detained while the other parties have been discreetly released. Justice demands equal treatment in conflicts of this nature“. The statement partly read

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The NLC called on the police to release the detained NURTW leaders, conduct a fair investigation into the violence, and adhere to the roadmap to peace that had been agreed upon with the NLC.

The NLC also said that it held the state and the police accountable for the crisis, and that the police’s actions had exacerbated an already precarious situation.

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