…It is a proactive measure -Police
Scores of policemen converged on Iwe Iroyin, Ogun State Nigeria Union Journalists secretariat,Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta on Monday, in anticipation that the strike declared by Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress will still hold.
The NUJ secretariat (Iwe Iroyin) was the venue chosen for the peaceful kick off of the strike in Ogun.
Sources told our correspondent that the policemen came before 7am, when labour, TUC representatives and other affiliates were to converged at the Iwe Iroyin to flag off the strike in the state.
However, the policemen who were led by senior officers were disappointed, as the strike has been suspended by two weeks.
As at the time of filing this report at 9.53am, no fewer than 15 of the law enforcement agents were still mounting surveillance within the Iwe Iroyin premises and outside the gate.
Two patrol vehicles were also parked outside the gate, while the policemen sat and discussing, without any interference with activities, journalists and other individuals around them.
However, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, later arrived NUJ secretariat in a convoy of vehicles around 10.15am.
He told journalists that he posted policemen to the venue as a pre-emptive measure to stop labour leaders and workers from converging on the venue for the commencement of the strike.
He said, “For workers nationwide to say they are going on strike, it’s like a panic button. Thank God reason and wisdom prevailed and they have called off the strike.
“What you see on ground (policemen) are the proactive measures that we took against the strike.”
As he was leaving Iwe Iroyin, he asked the policemen to return to their stations.