An attempt by officials of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, to forcibly shut down a mega filling station belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in Warri, Delta State, has resulted in a clash.
The action of the union on Thursday came against the backdrop of a strike embarked upon to press home the demand for the recall of some employees of Chevron, a major oil giant, who were allegedly unlawfully sacked.
The industrial action which also grounded commercial activities in Ekiti, Ondo, Edo, Delta and Kogi states, NUPENG said, would continue until the concerned stakeholders intervene to resolve the issue.
At the NNPC Mega filling station on Airport Road, adjacent Our Lady’s High School, Effurun, an official of NUPENG, Israel Udumebraye, was manhandled for trying to force the station to comply with the strike action.
The officials who stormed the NNPC Mega station met with stiff resistance from the members of staff who were allegedly ordered by the manager to beat them up.
In the process, a serious fisticuff ensued before the quick intervention of the some soldiers.
The manager of the filling station has denied ordering his staff to beat up the NUPENG officials.