By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOSâ€”ORGANISED Labour in the nationsâ€™s construction and wood work industry has condemned the killing of innocent workers by men attached to the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta and vowedÂ to pull out members from the region should such incidence repeat itself..
Under the umbrella ofÂ the National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW), the union posited that troops of JTF were deployed to the region to protect the people, especially workers andÂ not to kill or terrorise them.
Speaking on the incident, the General Secretary of NUCECFWW, Mr. Babatunde Liadi, who spoke in Lagos yesterday,Â condemned the killing andÂ advised the JTF to refrain from attacking innocent Nigerians whose tax payersâ€™ money was used to fund their operations.
According to him,Â â€œthe JTF is not to kill under any circumstances, even under any provocation, because they are in that region to protect the people and not to kill them. The workers are harmless citizens and whenever they protest, it is because somebody somewhere has made them angry. So the JTF should try as much as possible to avoid such occasion.
They should know that we are not animals that can be shot but human beings like them and should be treated with dignity.â€
The union expressed sympathy with EGTL Project SGC for the property damaged after the killing by the men of the JTF.
Comrade Liadi recalled that some members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) were attacked by men of the JTF in Warri late last year, whichÂ made the union to call its members to embark on strike to protest harassment by men of the security forces.