Operatives of the Nigerian Police have taken over the secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Rivers State. Police vans manned by armed officers were Friday seen deployed at the entrance of the Labour House building in the D/Line area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
The police took over the house from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps which had earlier shut off the labour house.
The Labour House in Rivers state was occupied following the controversy that followed the emergence of Beatrice Itubo, as the Governorship candidate of Labour Party in the state.
Itubo, is also the chairperson of NLC in Rivers state.
The union broke into factions after some members demanded the resignation of Itubo as the chairperson of NLC. The aggrieved members argue that she can not occupy the position of the chairperson of NLC and governorship candidate of Labour party at the same time.
Reacting to the development, Beatrice Itubo, maintained that she will not be distracted and intimidated by the deployment of the police personnel at the labour house.
Itubo said she was surprised over the action of some members of the union who announced her removal, insisting that law permits her to contest election even as elected Chairman of NLC.
According to her, “I wouldn’t say there is an issue between the Labour party and the Nigerian Labour Congress, we don’t have any issue. But you know that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are partners in the formation of the Labour Party.
“I have weathered greater storms than this in this labour movement, I don’t chicken out when it comes to issues so this particular one, we will see it to the logical conclusion”.
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka promised to contact the officers at the labour house to verify the true situation of things.