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Protesting company workers injure DPO

Several people including a Divisional Police Officer, CSP Tansan Tsav, were injured yesterday in Lagos when  policemen went to stop a protest by workers of…

Several people including a Divisional Police Officer, CSP Tansan Tsav, were injured yesterday in Lagos when  policemen went to stop a protest by workers of Expression Nigeria Limited over certain actions of the company’s management.
The protest started around 8am until the police arrived an hour later.
It was gathered that the workers decided to take to the streets to protest against the continuous casualisation of staff by the management of the weave-on manufacturing company. The workers had barricaded the entrance to the company premises on Iju Road, Ogba as early as 7am.
Some of them made bonfire in  the middle of the road with used tyres, while others displayed placards asking labour unions to come to their aid. A witness said: “As soon as the workers discovered that their management had called in the police to scuttle their plans, some of them started to pelt the policemen with stones and sachet water. The DPO was hit on the head by one of the stones. In return, the policemen started to beat some of the protesters with clubs and baton while a few of them were arrested and taken to the station where they were detained”.
Efforts to get the management of the company were rebuffed by security guards. Lagos State police spokesman, SP Dolapo Badmos, said when the DPO moved in to restore order they broke his head with a stone.
“He is currently being treated in a clinic. But normalcy has been restored by the Area Commander and his team”, she added.
 

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