Soldiers harass, beat protesting DICON civilian staff in Kaduna

From M.I ,Kaduna

Protesting civilian staff of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) were harassed and beaten by soldiers deployed to restore law and order in Kaduna State on Monday.

The incident occurred around 8:30 am when the protesting staff gathered in front of the company to express their anger over the non-payment of their 2019 minimum wage arrears.

They (staff) also highlighted the lack of enrollment into the IPPIS scheme, full promotion arrears for 2020, 2021, and 2022, and called for the payment of their Peculiar Allowance to cushion the removal of fuel subsidy, among other demands.

During the ongoing peaceful protest, soldiers deployed  chase away  the staff from the main entrance, to far away from the company premises.

Daily Trust learnt  that during this process, a staff member of the company was molested by the soldiers.

 Additionally, a civilian security staff was taken into custody when the soldiers attempted to confiscate his phone.

A protesting staff member, who requested anonymity, told Ruralpost, they were only there to let the management and the federal government know how they are being treated as civilian staff of DICON.

” This is because we discovered that all agencies under ministry of defence have been enrolled to IPPIS, only DICON staff have not been captured. But you can see how our member was beaten and another taken into custody by soldiers.”

Another staff member called on the federal government to intervene by directing the management to fulfill their demands and to stop victimizing staff members who voice their concerns regarding the mistreatment and denial of their rights.

Contacted the DICON public Relations Officer, Musa Yakubu via a text message  said he was not on ground but he is following up.


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