It was yet another demonstration as aggrieved Staff of ExxonMobil in Akwa Ibom state on Friday took to the streets over the sack of 860 spy police in the company without entitlements.
The protest which started at about 8 am had the Mobil Housing Estate at Marina road, Eket Local council blocked by protesters carrying placards with various inscriptions such as “ExxonMobil sacked 860 Nigerian workers after over 22 years of slave labour,” “ExxonMobil respect the rule of law”, “Supreme Court of Nigeria is higher than ExxonMobil.”
Other inscriptions include, “ExxonMobil comply with Supreme Court Judgement”, “Calculated disobedience of supreme court judgement on its employees is an insult to the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, “ExxonMobil masters of slave labour, ” among others.
Mr Okon Johnson, chairman, Security Workforce of ExxonMobil expressed his displeasure over the action of the company and expressed disappointment over the injustice done to the affected workers who had entrusted their lives and property to the company.
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Johnson, however, urged the company to comply with the Supreme Court judgement of April 20, 2018, which ruled that the company should reabsorb the 860 spy policemen and reward long-serving personnel.