Nigerian lawmakers were locked out of their offices on Tuesday following the closure of the National Assembly complex by officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in compliance with the nationwide industrial action.

In protest of the attack on its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, in Imo State, human and vehicular movements were prevented from entering the Complex.

Nationwide Strike: Lawmakers Locked Out As NLC Shutdown National Assembly
Photo from the National Assembly

Members of the two Chambers and the Staff of the National Assembly, journalists and others were locked out. No one could access the complex, as the entrances were locked.

Hot Argument

However, after hot arguments, the officials of Organised Labour opened one of the gates for reporters.


However, few others seized the opportunity to struggled into the Complex.

Both Chambers of the National Assembly are yet to be opened.


This created the fears that plenary may not hold for a while.

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One of the officials of the Parliamentary Association of Nigeria, PASSAN, NASS Branch, told journalists that the directive of the NLC on the ongoing strike was being implemented at NASS.

Trials Of Ajaero

The NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) had directed its members to commence a nationwide strike.


The nationwide strike is due to the assault on Ajaero, starting from midnight, Tuesday, November 14.

The Organised Labour said all affiliate unions of the two labour centres had been directed to implement the resolutions of the joint National Executive Council of TUC and NLC.


Also, the President of TUC, Festus Osifo, addressed reporters on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, the strike would remain until “governments at all levels wake up to their responsibility”.

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