Ogun Police cripple strike action, arrest three labour leaders

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By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
The strike action called Wednesday by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)  was crippled in Ogun State as stakeholders pulled out of the planned strike and protest in the state.
New Nigerian observed that schools, banks, markets government establishment and parastatals were opened for works while workers embarked on their daily activities.
Although many students of public schools were turned back by the teachers, many other schools were opened,  with skeletal academic activities.
At the Ogun State Secretariat in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, all the two gates were widely opened while some of the workers were at their duty posts as early as 8.am.
Banks at Oke-Ilewo in Abeokuta opened shops except for Diamond bank which closed the gate against the customers in the early hours but later opened around 10.am.
Workers at the State General Hospital in Ijaye were also on their duty post while the case was also the same at the Federal Medical Center Idi-Aba within the state capital.
At the Isabo High and Magistrate courts, magistrates and high court judges were seen roaming in front of the courts as the two gates were under lock and keyed.
At the NLC secretariat in Leme, the protest which was earlier billed to begin by 7.am could not start until around 10.am as members of the union were not on ground to join the action.
The protest led by the Chairman of the NLC in the state, Comrade Akeem Ambali and Folari Olayinka of the Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR), later took over through Kuto, Isabo, Ibara and ended at the NUJ Secretariat with very few members.
Ambali, while addressing the press explained that the protest was decentralised in the state adding that the action was taking place in all the 20 local government areas of the state.
Ambali who described the action as a total compliance however took a swipe at the Trade Union Congress for pulling out of the action.
Reacting to the alleged arrest of labour leaders, the state Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi denied such saying they only dislodged protesting workers not to get to disrupt vehicular movement and prevent peaceful and free movement of the populace.

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