Electricity workers in the North-West zone have threatened to go on strike unless Governor Magatakada Wamakko of Sokoto State tendered an unreserved apology for allegedly flogging two members of staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). Therefore, the electricity workers have asked the people of the state to hold the governor responsible for any eventuality.
The workers made this known in a statement that the one-week ultimatum given to the governor to tender an apology had expired without him tendering the apology. They accused the governor of beating Moses Osigwe, Business Manager of Gwiwa Business Unit of PHCN, and two other members of staff, Mallam Isyaku Daura, Officer II (Electrical) and Nuruddeen Mohammed, Staff l (Lines), after accusing them of being responsible for the failure of two SMVA transformers serving his home town, Wamakko.
In their letter entitled: Demand for Unreserved Apology and Payment of Compensation for Assault on Our Members,” signed by the Assistant General Secretary of the electricity workers’ union in the zone, Mr Moses Amedu, the workers had alleged that Governor Wamakko personally beat the three officials before directing armed policemen attached to the Government House to continue with the torture.
The letter, with reference number NUEE/AGS/NW/KD/201 2/120 and dated October 31, 2012, said: “We are shocked beyond imagination to learn that on October 20, you invited the Business Manager and two officers to your house, where you subjected them to inhuman treatment by personally whipping them mercilessly and then ordering their continued flogging by the mobile policemen attached to your office.”