A Labour leader in Kogi State, Mr Abdulmumini Yakubu, has been killed by gunmen in Okene area of the state.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) Yakubu was shot and killed in his house on Nov.1 at about 6:40 p.m. alongside a community leader, Ibrahim Otaru,
Yakubu was until his death the Kogi branch Chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools ( NASU) of the Science , Technical and Technology Education Board ( STTEB).
He was also a member of the Labour Negotiation Committee on the current industrial dispute with the State Government.
Five gunmen drove to Yakubu’s residence in a Sienna bus and opened fire on the unionist and Mr Otaru. Both men died at the scene.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP William Aya, confirmed the killings, saying that the matter was reported to the Okene Police Station at about 8 p.m. on the day of the incident.
Aya said that the bodies of Yakubu and Otaru were taken to the morgue of the General Hospital, Okene, where an autopsy examination will be carried out on them.
He said that police had opened an investigation to the killings and a manhunt for the killers is already underway to bring them to justice.
The killing of Yakubu has thrown the organised Labour in the state into mourning.
The Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) immediately announced the suspension of further negotiation with the state government over their demands for the payment of workers’ outstanding salaries and other benefits.
The talks were earlier scheduled to resume on Nov. 2.
A statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the NLC, Mr Onu Edoka, and the Chairman of the TUC, Mr Ranti Ojo, said that the suspension was to enable workers to mourn their departed colleagues.
“Labour leaders will only return to negotiating table as soon as there are full assurances of their safety and that of the members of their families,”the statement said.
It condemned the killing of the unionist and called on the police and the state government to urgently intervene and ensure that the killers were apprehended.
“ The organised abour will continue to fight to ensure that this particular murder does not go the way of many unresolved others,” it said.
Both the NLC and the TUC, however, urged workers to remain steadfast and prayerful for God to intervene in the myriad of problems bedeviling the state and commiserated with the family of the deceased.