Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria on Saturday held a meeting at NLC Headquarters, Abuja on the issue of ENDSARS protest, demanding that goverment should fish out those responsible for death of hundreds of their members and cattle.
During the meeting, Association said it’s members in southern Nigeria lost more than hundreds of lives and properties worth millions of Naira.
Therefore, the leadership of the union mandated government to carry out forensic investigation with a view to finding the culprits behind the attack on their members in the name of EndSARS protest, so as to bring the perpetrators to book.
Also at the end of its quarterly meeting which comprises leadership of the union from thirty four states and Abuja the nation’s capital, the association appealed for compensation from government.
In an interview with the newsmen at the end of meeting, the National president of the Union, Comrade Muhammed Tahir Baga said that the union demands governments at all levels to carry out thorough investigations to find the motive of the sponsors of the attacks which he described as deadly in the name of ENDSARS against their innocent members, and bring them to book.
The president also said the union will do the best within its capacity to make sure Federal Government compensates all its members who in the process lost lives or property, adding that if government does not take prompt action on their demands, the union will be left with no option but to stop all sort of transportation of foodstuffs and cattle to the affected areas in the southern part of the country.
Tahir Baga added that the union is working out modalities on the possibility to embark on a nationwide industrial action, if their demands are not met, and very soon they will announce their stand.
While responding to journalists questions, the general secretary of the association, Ahmed Alaramma said that he hopes that government will listen and answer their demands, but if they are not responded to promptly, they will ask their members to stop risking their lives and property.
On its part, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), through its spokesperson, Dr. Mustapha Yushe’u Abdulra’ud said it is ready to give all necessary support in the struggle.
He said NLC will not relent on its efforts to protect the interest of its members being the umbrella of all trade and labour unions in Nigeria.
He assured that very soon, the labour union will meet with government to find a lasting solution to the situation.