Aggrieved workers in Adamawa State, who have been battling the government for their unpaid salaries, have accused security agencies of supporting the government against them.
The aggrieved persons held a protest on Monday, insisting they are genuine civil servants, and demanded payment of their unpaid 10-month’ salaries.
The protest was however stopped as the police mobilised by dawn and occupied the Police Roundabout, House of Assembly Complex and the Government House Junction, the exact spots the workers had chosen to stage their protest.
The protesters, however, gathered some metres from the police roundabout and addressed reporters.
Their leader, Faisal Baba, said: “The security agencies in Adamawa State have conspired with the government. This is mischief. They mobilised with their armoured tanks and occupied all our routes as if we were going for war.
But Commissioner of Police Suleiman Nguroje, who denied the allegations, said they advised the estranged workers against the protest because of security and public safety.
The Jibrilla Bindow-led government had employed Faisal and his colleagues, whose number Faisal now estimates to be 10,000, close to the end of its tenure, but the Ahmadu Fintiri-led government condemned the employment, and has not paid them for once.
Governor Fintiri set up an investigative panel which denounced their fate, and the State Executive Council (SEC), penultimate Wednesday, said the civil service never recognised them. They, could, however, seek fresh employment within the service.