BARELY two weeks after the Benue State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Tony Udu was assassinated in his house, Ekiti State Chairman of TUC, ComradeÂ Kolawole Olaiya, has been kidnapped.
TUC in a statement by its President-General and Secretary-General, Comrade Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole, said the abductors were demanding a ransom ofÂ N5million before he could be released.
The body called on the governors of the Niger Delta states including Ondo and Ekiti states counterparts to put machinery in motion to identify the group or groups responsible for the increasing criminal activities in the region and deal decisively with them
The statement read in part: â€œThe Trade Uunion Congress of Nigeria (TUC) strongly condemns the ongoing onslaught by some unscrupulous individuals to destabilise and demobilize us from continuing with our vowed commitment which is to defend the oppressed Nigerian worker.
Two weeks ago, it was the gruesome murder of our Benue State Council chairman, Comrade Tony Udu in his house, nowÂ it is the kidnapping of Comrade (Bar) Kolawole Olaiya , Ekiti State Council chairman under questionable circumstance with a ransom of N5million demanded by his captors.
We view this unpalatable development as an affront on the Trade Union movement in the country orchestrated to probably weaken our uncompromising stance on certain issues and developments in the country.
It is regrettable to note that while political appointees and other high government officials who formulate unfavorable policies which we fight against walk about freely, members of trade unions are either hunted down like preys or kidnapped while on lawful duties.