By Peter Duru
MAKURDI – Organised Labour has threatened to ground economic activities in Benue State to protest the gruesome murder of the state chairman of the Trade Union Congress TUC, Comrade Tony Udu, my unknown gunmen in Makurdi last week.
Lamenting what it described as lack of security of lives and property in the state, Labour directed the Benue State Police Command to unravel those behind the assassination of the labour leader or be prepared to face labour action.
According to a statement by the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, Benue State Chapter, Comrade Simon Anchaver, Labour in the state was still to come to terms with the killing of one of its vibrant leaders, which he described as shocking and devastating.
Anchaver noted that the assassination was a clear indication that the security of lives and property in the state could no longer be guaranteed by the Police, advising that the command and the state government woke up to their responsibilities.
However, in a swift reaction, the Benue State Command of the Nigeria Police advised labour to shelve its plans to stage a mass protest in the state against what it termed â€œlack of security in the state.â€
According to the State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed, the police have not relented in thier determination to arrest all those behind the murder of the labour leader and other assassinations in the state.
He disclosed that the police had made useful arrests in connection with various crimes in the state, assuring that investigations were still ongoing in the said cases.
He said the Police could not guarantee the safety of all those who might participate in the proposed mass protest to be called by labour, warning that they shelve the plan.