If not for modern day technology, some public servants would have argued white color to be red and people would have been forced to believe them because of their status. The Chairman of the NLC, Mr. Emmanuel Ademokun, said on Thursday 5th Dec. 2013, that he was beaten to stupor by thugs allegedly sponsored by the state government. He made the statement while speaking with newsmen after the state chapter of NLC and TUC embarked on an indefinite strike (which has been called off) over unpaid allowances by the state government. It was alleged that worker who were trying to enforce the strike at the Palm House Secretariat Complex located along Sapele Road, Benin City, were ambushed by thugs and beaten up. In his word, Mr Emmanuel Ademokun, the Chairman of NLC said:
“We were out this morning after holding meeting with our workers on the progress we have made so far on the issue of Salary Relativity and we went to Palm House to monitor compliance when Oloye’s boys swam on us like bees, beating my members, shooting sporadically into the air even as some persons in police uniforms shot tear gas at us. As I speak with you, some of my members who were seriously injured were taking treatment at some major pharmaceuticals, you can see my swollen head. We watched helplessly as Loye (PS, Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities) gave directives to the boys to continue to disrupt us even when I told them that we came for peace and not to fight. The use of thugs by government or its agents will not deter labour from fighting for what belongs to them”
Contrary to his claims, a video has emerged of how Mr Emmanuel Ademokun instigated thugs to attack directors and permanent secretaries in the State. In the video, he said, “…….We will leave here and move round, any director we see in the office, we are going to push him out of the office” After which they match to various ministries, beating up workers and ordering them to lock up their offices.