Police fired live bullets at us, Julius Bergers protesters allege

Protesting staff of Julius Berger construction company working on Bonny-Bodo road have accused personnel of Police Area command in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State of opening fire at them while on peaceful protest over poor pay on Monday.

According to the workers, four of their colleagues were hit by stray bullets when the police shot at workers protesting over poor pay by the construction workers.

Some of the workers who do not want their names mentioned alleges that the  project manager of Julius Berger of inviting the police to disperse the protesting staff.

 

The victims of  gunshot  were said to have been immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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According to The News  neither the Rivers Police Command or the construction giant which has been executing numerous grade A projects in state has reacted to the accusation as at the time of filing in this story.

Workers at various sites of the construction giant  in Port Harcourt had embarked on similar protests about two weeks ago at Waterlines and Azikiwe Road respectively.

The workers, who are reportedly from Bodo community had appealed to the management of Julius Berger for improved allowances. The workers were also requesting for equal payment with their counterparts working in Bonny Town who they claimed are earning more than them.

According to the aggrieved staff, instead of looking into their grievances, the management of the Company allegedly invited officers of the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Army to chase the workers away from work premises.

Consequently the management of Julius Berger had sent out a memo announcing the sack of all protesting workers. It added that any of them ready to work should sign an undertaking.

The Rivers State had in a Government announcement declared some of the leaders of the aggrieved workers wanted for championing the protest.

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