NLC Chairman in Abia escapes lynching

Abia State chairman of NLC, Comrade Sylvanus Eyeh, yesterday escaped being lynched by angry workers who accused him of sabotaging ongoing nationwide strike in the state.

Eyeh and other labour leaders had scheduled to hold their first rally in the state and directed the workers to assemble at the School Road Primary School for its commencement.

It was gathered that while the workers were waiting, Eyeh and other labour leaders, including the TUC chairman, were invited to Government House by Governor Theodore Orji who appealed to them to shelve the rally and protest for fear that it would be hijacked by hoodlums alleged to have infiltrated the state.

The labour leaders were said to have promised the governor that although they could not unilaterally call off the strike, since it was a national issue, the rally would be called off.

However, on arrival at the venue of the rally, where the other workers were already waiting for it to commence, Eyeh and his colleagues announced that it had been put off and asked them to go home.

But, apparently infuriated by the alleged double-speak of their leader, the workers descended on him.

It was said that luck, however, was on his side as he managed to escape in an unmarked vehicle but not without some beating by the irate mob.

The nationwide strike flopped in the state as labour has not held any rally since the protest began on Monday.

Meanwhile, Umuahia and Aba branches of NBA have thrown their weight behind the protest and called on the Federal Government to revert the pump price of petrol to N65.

According to the NBA, removal of fuel subsidy should be done in phases, as the removal this time amounts “to a coup against Nigerians.”


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