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HEAVY SECURITY PRESENCE IN KADUNA AS LABOUR REMAINS DEFIANT

Heavy and intimidating security presence became notieable in Kaduna on Thursday morning to foil the protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. The protest was against the sack of thousands of workers by the state government.

The workers were sack as part of a government reform of its public service to become more efficient and professional, the state government has said.

About 24 police vans, two armoured cars, 10 special motorcycles and hundreds of police officers and soldiers were on the streets on Thursday morning, many stationed about 40 meters from the Labour House gate along Independence Way.

Despite the security presence, labour leaders gathered with flags and placards singing union slogans at the gate of the Labour House, which is the NLC secretariat in the state.

“We are ordered by the CP (commissioner of police) not to allow the protesters to cross Independence Way,” a police officer who took position in front of the Labour gate said.