7 Hospitalised As Construction Workers, AMAC Staff Clash

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Nationnewslead reports that Staff of a construction company during the week clashed with revenue collection enforcers of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

At the end of the clash, seven construction workers of G-Complex Nigeria Limited, a construction and environmental conservation firm, ended up at the Maitama General Hospital.

They alleged that they were brutalised at Gwarimpa Junction at the Federal Capital Territory by officials of the AMAC because they could not produce evidence that they had paid N35,000 vehicle permit.

The construction workers said their operational vehicles were vandalized and impounded by the AMAC officials.

Reacting, the Head of Operations, AMAC Task Force on Haulage, Light and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Douglas Badi, said it was the construction workers that started the attack on the revenue officials.

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Narrating what happened, Badi said, “when the driver was brought to the office, I told him he should not park as I didn’t want a situation where you’ll start having physical contact. I sat with some of our staff and I saw some boys numbering about 30, they were coming from the other side of the road where their vehicles were parked.

“We now sent two of our staff to the other side to do surveillance there. We traced them there and when we saw them, we asked the security to detain them. We came back to this place and the next thing we saw was that one of their staff struck our staff with a shovel on the face and on his hand.

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“Right now, the doctors at the Gwarinpa General Hospital are going to carry out a major corrective surgery on his hand because the thing affected his vein that he cannot move his hand.

“When this happened, we held their boys and, in the process, the police said we should tow the Hilux vehicle because we deflated the tyres”, he said.

Presenting his injured staff to journalists in Abuja, the Managing Director of G-Complex Nigeria Limited, Mr Abdulhamid Mahmud Zari described the action of the revenue collectors as “unacceptable, barbaric, illegal and unprovoked.”

“We will write to the government, if they don’t do anything, we will take legal action. This company employs over 2,000 workers and we won’t allow this sort of harassment go unchallenged,” he added.

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