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Maritime workers demand govt’s action as gunmen attack members

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.

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