Police detain Oyo NLC leaders over protest

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba PHOTO: NAN

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba PHOTO: NAN

The Oyo State Police Command yesterday, arrested four members of the state branch of the Nigeria Labor Congress, (NLC) for organising a protest that led to the boycott of the stakeholders meeting on the ceding of schools by the state government on Wednesday.

The state labour union has warned however , that its arrested members must not be held for more than 24 hours , as it threatened a show down with authorities.

Treasurer of the congress Mr Bosun Daramola told journaists in Ibadan Thursday evening that the four labour leaders Mr Waheed Olojede, the Chairman, Mr Titilayo Sodo, the Vice-Chairman, Mrs Kofo Ogundeji, the Secretary and Mr Kehinde Oparinde, the Auditor had been held incommunicado at the police .

He added that the leaders had been held incommunicado since 10 am yesterday when they reported at the Eleiyele Police Station, on the invitation of the police.

“We had a peaceful protest yesterday to reject a policy of the government, which we felt was unpopular and anti-people and today, all we saw was the invitation of our leaders today.Our leaders must not stay overnight at the station,’’ he warned.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed that the leaders were invited to explain their roles in the protest of Wednesday.

It is true that they were invited to explain their role in the wanton destruction of government’s properties during their violent protest yesterday,’’ he said.

The state government had on Wednesday organised a stakeholders meeting on its planned ceding of schools to interested groups, Old Students’ Association and communities.

The unions, however protested that the planned ceding of schools must not be implemented and with four other union bodies had disrupted the planned stakeholders meeting .

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