The Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, Efon Local Government Area, Mr. Kayode Charles, has been attacked by thugs over the ongoing strike by workers in Ekiti State.
Charles told reporters that he was allegedly beaten on Thursday on the instruction of the Council boss, Mr . Bolaji Jeje, while trying to enforce compliance with the strike in the council.
He revealed that the council boss invaded his house with about 19 thugs and beat him up for ordering that the gate of the council be closed.
He said, “We were at the gate of the Council with my Secretary and we saw it opened and I had to order the security man to close it because we were on strike. We instructed that the gate be closed and that was the order we got from NULGE Chairman in Ekiti, Mr. Bunmi Ajimoko.
“After the closure of the gate, I went back to my house that was located within the vicinity, just a stone throw to the place. The Chairman brought about 19 thugs and broke the gate to my house. I had to scale the fence despite that, they pursued me and beat me up.
“As I speak with you, I am in a Clinic in Efon Alaaye where I am receiving medical attention. After the beating, I was hospitalised at a private hospital in Ado Ekiti.
“The Divisional Police Officer in the council was at the scene, but he could not make any arrest. He was watching helplessly. He was even the one that rescued me from the thugs and took me to the police station, so I could make my statement.
“But I didn’t make statement because I fell down as I was about to write and I was rushed to the hospital.”
But reacting, the council boss in a telephone interview, debunked the allegation that he ordered the beating of the NULGE boss.
He said he left the council in frustration after he was prevented from entering by the NULGE executive.
“I didn’t order that he should be beaten up. I also want to say that the NULGE boss was only trying to sensationalise the issue, because I had to leave the council with my Director of Administration, Secretary and Treasurer, after getting instruction from Governor Ayodele Fayose to ignore him, because I told the governor that I was prevented from entering to do my work.
“It was my D.A that called me to report that the gate was locked. All I said was that I am not an administrative staff of the council. I am a political head and I cannot be part of the strike. If workers were on strike, I am not on strike and under no circumstance should I be prevented from work.
“Why should I ordered his beating after I had gotten instruction from Governor Fayose to leave the scene? It pains me that a mere driver in the council , who just won election three months ago could be causing this trouble .
“When he was contesting, I ensured that the gang up against him didn’t work because he is not from Efon Local Government. I ensured a level playing ground and he won the election.
“Charles has been riding motorcycle around the town and could anybody that had been beaten be doing this? I want to say again that I didn’t order that the NULGE boss should be manhandled,” he said.