Ebonyi – The chairperson of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ebonyi state, Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor was reportedly attacked by the police on Thursday, during a rally over fuel price increase.
According to Daily Post, Nwafor was said to have "slumped" after he was freed by the police on Friday.
He was rushed to hospital where he was currently receiving treatment.
Nwafor alleged, from his hospital bed, that the labour leaders were indiscriminately attacked in their bus and their phones confiscated. He added that they were handled like common criminals.
This came as reports on Saturday indicated that the former minister of petroleum and energy, professor Tam David-West, had dismissed as "nonsense", government’s decision to increase the price of fuel.
David-West insisted that petrol could be sold at N40 per litre.
He raised the alarm that hidden charges made the pump price of petrol to skyrocket, urging the government to assume responsibility for the charges, the report said.
"When I heard the Minister of State for Petroleum (Ibe Kachikwu), saying they smuggled our petrol across borders and that was the reason for the in crease, it is nonsense. I used the word nonsense because during my time, we closed the borders. If I could do it, he could do it too; and it is the same head of state (Buhari)," David-West was quoted as saying.
- News24 Nigeria