It was a battle of supremacy between police officers and workers of Julius Berger as over five hundred armed policemen invaded Julius Berger camp in Kubwa, to forcefully eject those they described as redundant workers of the company from their houses.
The AUTHORITY gathered that about 7,800 workers of the company were declared redundant in June 1999, which was challenged in court by the aggrieved workers.
It was also learnt that the case is still pending at the Supreme Court. One of the aggrieved workers told our correspondent that worried by the prolonged litigation, Julius Berger devised several means to forcefully eject the workers from the camp to pave way for development.
The latest development, according to him, was the use of men of the Nigeria Police Force to forcefully eject them from their homes, a development which resulted in a clash between the police and the affected workers.
Addressing the protesters on Sunday, the chairman of National Union of Construction, Civil Engineers, Furniture and Wood Workers of the company, Comrade Esike Emmanuel told the affected workers not to vacate their homes until the determination of the case, stressing that workers should join hands to fight their common enemy (Julius Berger).
“It is only in Nigeria that such inhumanity against a fellow Nigerian can be allowed. They cannot do such thing in their home country. They declared about 7, 800 workers redundant in just one day against Labour Laws since June, 1999 without paying us our entitlements. We challenged the action in a court of law and the matter has gone to the Supreme Court. Julius Berger not comfortable with the way the case is going, they have resorted to intimidation to eject us from our quarters”.
“This month, precisely February 1, 2017, they connived with the Electricity Generating Company to remove the two transformers that supply the camp light. One of the transformers removed was bought by the aggrieved workers.