By Hanna Oyelere & Suliat Elemosho
THE National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees, NUBIFE, yesterday, raised the alarm over alleged plans by some ex-officers and non-members of the union to invade its Onike-Iwaya headquarters, Lagos, with hoodlums.
General Secretary of the union, Muhammed Sheikh, in a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, entitled Intended Breach of Public Peace, Threat to Lives and Property, claimed the ex-officers of the union had concluded plans to invade NUBIFIE’s headquarters with armed thugs and to also use the Police to take over its secretariat.
According to him, the threat followed a letter by Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to the office of the Commissioner of Police to seal NUBIFIE headquarters on or before November 17, alleging that attempt was made on Monday, November 13, by some miscreants to take over the union’s secretariat.
He said: “After the intervention of the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sabo Division and Area C Command, the miscreants also had a meeting where they resolved to attack again.”
The Secretary General also alleged that the masterminds of the attack had resolved after their meeting to set their headquarters ablaze if they cannot gain access into it.
“As responsible officers of the union, we do not want to take laws into our hands and this is the reason we report this to your office. We are, therefore, seeking the intervention of your command to monitor the activities of these persons and caution them against breaching the public peace, “he stated.