A group of gunmen on Wednesday stormed the Secretariat of the Nigeria Civil Service Union in Port Harcourt and carted away millions of Naira, laptops, phones and other property belonging to workers.
The hoodlums had gone straight to the offices of the chairman, secretary and auditor of the union, ransacking everywhere.
State Chairman of the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Opulabo Lily-West, said the armed robbers beat up his auditor and stole monies amounting to millions of Naira, including electronic gadgets.
“The miscreants invaded this office armed with all manner of dangerous weapons; forced themselves in, beat up my auditor and shattered my office and stole items from my office and that of the executive secretary.
“They stormed the place, carted away files, documents, personal effects running into millions of Naira. They took the N230,000 that was in my drawer. The hoodlums carted away the monies with which we were paying rebate to our officers.
“Other items, which were in my drawer were all carted away,” Lily-West said.
Speaking on the incident, Chairman of the Rivers State Joint Public Negotiating Council, Emecheta Chukwu, called on the police to investigate, arrest and prosecute the bandits.
Chukwu, who paid a solidarity visit to the chairman of the union, said, “What happened here today is a clear case of armed robbery.
“As a body, we condemn this invasion in its totality. This is not what labour unionism is known for. The labour union is a peaceful movement.
“We equally want to urge the police to properly investigate what led to this unprovoked attack, arrest all those involved and prosecute them.
“All those responsible for this act should be made to face the law with a view to bring the culprits to book so as to put a stop to this experience because this is about the second time that this sought of invasion is happening in recent times.”