INTERNATIONAL Centre for Trade
Union Rights, ICTUR, has called for the
immediate institution of independent
judicial inquiry to investigate the murder
of a trade unionist in Kogi State on 1st
November to ensure that full and proper
procedures are applied, and that the
guilty parties are identified and brought
to justice.
In a letter signed by the ICTUR Director,
Daniel Blackburn, and made available
to Nigerian Pilot, he noted that the
union will report the case in the journal
International Union Rights, which was
established in 1993, and which enjoys a
readership in more than 100 countries.
Recall that Chairman of the Kogi State
branch of the Non-Academic Staff Union
of Secondary Schools, NASU, at the
Science and Technology Education Board,
STEB, Mallam Abdulmumini Yakubu
was murdered by unknown gunmen
alongside one Mallam Ibrahim Otaru
who paid him a visit. According to media
reports, local police are investigating the
killings, and claim to have leads they are
following.
“Dear President Muhammadu Buhari,
The International Centre for Trade Union
Rights is writing to express its concerns
about the murder of a trade unionist in
Kogi State on 1 November.
“However, ICTUR notes the gravity
of the situation, and wishes to remind
the government of its obligations under
the International Labour Organisation’s
fundamental Conventions, which
Nigeria has ratified.
“Concerning the right to life, security
and the physical and moral integrity
of the person, the ILO’s Committee on
Freedom of Association has declared
that an independent judicial inquiry
should be instituted immediately to
investigate assaults on the physical or
moral integrity of individuals, in order
to determine responsibility, punish
those responsible and prevent repetition
(Digest of decisions and principles of the
Freedom of Association Committee of the
Governing Body of the ILO, Fifth Edition,
2006, paras. 46, 50, 184, 191).
“The killing of trade unionists requires
the “institution of independent judicial
inquiries in order to shed full light, at
the earliest date, on the facts and the
circumstances in which such actions
occurred and in this way, to the extent
possible, determine where responsibilities
lie, punish the guilty parties and prevent
the repetition of similar events.”
“Failure to hold guilty parties to
account creates a culture of impunity,
“which reinforces the climate of violence
and insecurity, and which is extremely
damaging to the exercise of trade union
rights” (ILO Digest, paras. 42-44, 46, 48
and 52).” The letter reads.

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