Police headquarters in Abuja has warned striking workers in Kogi State not to barricade the major highway linking southern and northern parts of Nigeria in their quest to press home their demands.
The force headquarters said it would not hesitate to sanction anybody who would flaunt the order.
Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, Mrs. Olabisi Kolawole gave the warning through a press statement she issued yesterday.
ACP Kolawole noted that information available to the Nigeria Police indicated that workers leaders in Kogi State were planning to block highways leading in and out of Kogi to advance their labour disputes with state government.
The Force PRO stressed that while the police recognised and respected the constitutional rights of labour force in Kogi to peaceful assembly and lawful protest in furtherance of their dispute with their employers, the Nigeria Police wished to state categorically that extending their protest to blocking highways/roads in the state, in a manner that would cause major traffic and security threats, was not only overreaching the extension of their grievances but also intolerable.
The statement read further that, “As such, the Nigeria Police hereby warns striking workers in Kogi State to desist from hatching such inciting and provoking plans and restrict themselves to due legal and labour procedures that will not in any way cause discomfort to innocent citizens.
“Failure to adhere strictly to this warning, the force will mobilise maximally to deal decisively with anyone or group trying to threaten the security or public peace under any guise of protest, and will not hesitate to bring such persons or group to justice.”

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