John Shiaondo, Makurdi
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has said it is not democratically fashionable for security agents, for whatever reason, to kill protesting worker as happened in Nasarawa state last July.
Ortom, who said this Tuesday, while addressing members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) during a peaceful protest to mark the day of national mourning in honour of workers in Nasarawa state who were killed by Police last July, noted that it was unfortunate that the police who were supposed to protect the workers acted in that manner.
According to Governor Ortom, he was not sure that his colleague in Nasarawa state, Tanko Al-Makura, will sanction such act noting that no democratically elected governor will support the killing of innocent citizens.
“No democratically elected government will have the spirit to support the act of intimidation and killing of innocent citizens, and also wounding when workers are not paid as at when due.”
“This is not a military government, it is a democratically elected government and the people have the right to know what is happening,” he said.
While condemning the act, he appealed to Benue state workers, to while sympathising with the government of Nasarawa state, the labour congress, and families of the victims, should embark on dialogue in all issues affecting them.
“Let us at all times no matter how painful, how painful because, it is pained when we cannot pay our children and wards school fees, cannot pay hospital bills, rent etc, this can be frustrating but let us engage in dialogue,” he maintained.
Earlier, Benue state Chairman of NLC, who read the speech of the National chairman said the murder of workers in Nasarawa violated every known decent code of conduct, sanctity of life, rules of engagement and the laws of the land to which they are subjected to.
Represented by the vice chairman Mrs. Ngodoo Toryem, the chairman said full justice must be accorded to the injured and the dead by way of unbiased investigation, appropriate punishment and full compensation for the victims.