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National Assembly, NHRC investigate alleged rights violation by Julius Berger


Professor Bem Angwe

Professor Bem Angwe

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Assembly have pledged to investigate the allegation of human rights violation against Julius Berger.

Both institutions gave this indication when they received petitions from the company’s workers union.

The Spokesperson of the union, Sunday Gbangbala, alleged that the company had planned to evict the Nigerian employees from the staff Quarters.

“We cannot use Air Conditioners in our quarters, but the Germans are allowed to do so. Also, the company has withdrawn security men from our quarters, forcing us to use our members as vigilance group,” he said.

Gbangbala alleged that Julius Berger has also planned to remove the electrical transformer, which was given to them by the Bwari Area Council.

He said workers living in Kubwa, Mpape, Life Camp and other quarters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are also affected.

The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, said, “the rule of law is the foundation of any civil society and there should be no disregard for the rule of law in our country.”

Angwe said the NHRC, as the seat of freedoms and liberties, would investigate the matter to determine the accuracy of the allegation.

He warned that no authority could illegally evict them from their homes, despite a restraining order by an Abuja High Court.

Also, the chairman of the House Committee on Human Rights, Edward Pwajok, said his committee would do everything within its powers to ensure that justice was done.

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