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Security personnel in Federal Civil Service Commission accused of brutalising visually impaired job seekers

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Members of the Affiliation of Know-how-Inclined Visually Impaired Individuals of Nigeria have accused safety personnel connected to the Federal Civil Service Fee (FCSC), Abuja, of brutalising them throughout a peaceable protest.

 

The members of the group have been stated to have been holding demonstrations to steer the fee to listen to and implement their request for employment.

 

The President of the affiliation, Tolulope Aluko, stated they’d been looking for employment from the fee since 2020 however the fee did not give a single considered one of them a job, Punch studies.

 

He stated the group additionally approached the Workplace of the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, which wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Fee on their behalf.

 

He stated: “We visited the fee in July final yr and we have been informed to return again. We got here again once more on April 11, however they didn’t reply us.

 

“After we got here right this moment (Tuesday), they stated we must always come again, however we refused to depart. We began protesting peacefully. The press got here, however instantly they left, the safety guards began beating us and destroyed our issues.”

 

Footage and movies present the second the protesters have been dragged by the guards and crushed.

 

Aluko famous that amongst their members looking for employment have been first levels, masters, and even doctorate diploma holders.

 

A sufferer, Akinyemi Akinola, stated they solely wished the federal government to assist them as a result of their situation.

 

Akinola stated: “We will’t drive industrial autos. What we are able to do is to get educated and see how we are able to contribute to the nation. That’s what we got here right here to do; just for them to wreak havoc on us. A few of us have been hospitalised. Our telephones have been smashed and brought away so we couldn’t report.”

 

He stated the safety males shot 3 times into the air to scare them earlier than choosing the shells to erase any proof.

 

He added: “The operatives stated they acted on the instruction given by the everlasting secretary of the fee and the chairman. There was reinforcement, however after they noticed that we have been unarmed, they withdrew.”

 

A college graduate, Daniel Showumi, who claimed to have additionally been brutalised, stated they have been hoping the fee would reply to them earlier than the guards got here.

 

He stated: “We thought in the event that they noticed us with our situation, they’d assist us. Some who began this journey with us in 2020 have died due to starvation. So, we determined to return there right this moment (Tuesday).

 

“The safety got here to pull me from the place I stood and began hitting me in opposition to the ground till blood was coming from my head. I escaped and he adopted me. They destroyed all our issues, together with the meals we introduced.”

 

It was noticed that the Fee had in a press launch dated April 13, 2022, pledged 5 per cent of the roles within the civil service to individuals dwelling with disabilities, Punch studies.

 

Contacted for a response, the fee’s Deputy Director, Press & Public Relations, Alaba Balogun, stated he didn’t have the authority to talk on the matter.

 

He stated: “It’s only the authorities that may communicate on this matter.”

 

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