Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has condemned the attack on its members who were on official assignment on Wednesday at Otu Junction, Nnewi South, Anambra State.
According to Independent News, the five members who were ambushed, maimed, and shot were said to have sustained different degrees of injury.
A statement signed by the President General of the association, Adeyanju Adewale, further stated that the affected members were travelling in their official Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority branded Hilux when they were attacked on the reason that they strayed into Biafra land in a Nigeria branded sport utility vehicle.
“Reportedly, three bullets were extracted by the medical team from the neck of one of the attacked official, rushed to the Nnewi General Hospital.
“We commend the Managing Director of the National Inland Water Ways Authority, Dr. George Moghalu, for his prompt response, enabling medical assistance to our injured members.
“At this susceptible period in the life of Nigerians, we find the incessant, unprovoked and persistent attacks on innocent Nigerians and the working masses by those who claim to be unknown gunmen as not only extrajudicial and barbaric but also a pointer to the failure of the security apparatus and the state to live up to its primary function of protecting its citizens.
“Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria wishes to call on Government to live up to its primary duty of providing guaranteed security for its citizens, especially working masses who must move from one state of the country to conduct their business.
“This seeming insensitivity of governments to the suffering plight of its citizens and the working masses is not only an insult to our need to survive but more on our right to life and existence.
The issue of unknown gunmen should be tackled and managed to guarantee free and safe movements of citizens from one part of the country to the other,” he said.