The Kwara State Council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed shock over the death of the Chairman, state chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Akinwumi Akinsola.
Akinsola was among those that lost their lives when unidentified bandits struck and attacked a moving Abuja-Kaduna train on Monday.
The state NLC Chairman, Comrade Issa Aliyu Ore, led other top officials of the organized labour during a condolence visit to the family of the slain state TUC Chairman in Ilorin.Ore described the bandits’ attack that led to the demise of Comrade Akinsola as saddening and unfortunate, adding that it called for urgent review of the nation’s security architecture.
While urging government and security agencies, particularly the military to nip the frequent attacks in the bud, the NLC Chairman commiserated with the bereaved family of his TUC counterpart over the tragic loss.
Similarly, the state Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said the attack from bandits that claimed the life of the state TUC Chairman, Akinwumi Akinsola, is a pointer to the fact that Nigerians are now living in trepidation.
In a statement issued in Ilorin, the state NUJ Chairman and Secretary, Abdullateef ‘Lanre Ahmed and Omotayo Ayanda respectively said the incessant onslaughts of the hoodlums in parts of the country smacks of incompetence of our security infrastructure.
The statement added that the incident does not portray the country in good light before the international community.
The state NUJ also challenged the federal government to designate and gazette the bandits as terrorists in line with the recent order of the federal High Court so as to frontally tackle them.
It said the designation of the terror groups that take delight in spilling blood would embolden the government to match them with their sophisticated arms without any backlash of human rights violation as might be envisaged.
The state NUJ maintained that the government has a primary responsibility of securing the lives of the masses irrespective of social class and status against all forms of attack.The union, however, identified the slain TUC Chairman, Akinwumi Akinsola as a distinguished comrade, labour leader and model whose vacuum would be difficult to fill.