Aggrieved Staff of ExxonMobil in Akwa Ibom State, south-south Nigeria on Friday protested over the dismissal of 860 spy police without their entitlements.
The protesters, who blocked Mobil Housing Estate at Marina road, Eket Local Government Area chanting solidarity songs, carried placards with inscriptions.
Some of the inscriptions read: “ExxonMobil sacked 860 Nigerian workers after over 22 years of slave labour”, “ExxonMobil respect the rule of law”, “Supreme Court of Nigeria is higher than ExxonMobil”, “ExxonMobil comply with Supreme Court Judgement”, “Calculated disobedience of Supreme Court judgement on its employees is an insult to the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, “ExxonMobil masters of slave labour, ” among others.
Mr. Okon Johnson, Chairman, Security Workforce, ExxonMobil who spoke on behalf of the group said they were displeased over the attitude of the company, noting that ExxonMobil have repaid injustice with good to the people who entrusted their life and property to the company.
He called on the company to comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court Judgement of April 20, 2018, that mandated it to reabsorb the 860 spy policemen.
He added that without ExxonMobil reabsorbing the sacked 860 workers, and pay off their entitlements, they would not end the peace protest in the state.
“The Management of ExxonMobil called us today for a meeting at Eden Hotel and they told us that mails will be sent into our e-mails.
“In the meeting, the multinational company told us that the company has acknowledged us as staff and working to implement the Supreme Court judgement.
“After the meeting, surprisingly, as we were going back to our offices, we noticed that ExxonMobil have redrawn our access badge and we can not have access to the premises of the company again.
“Our demand is for the company to fully comply with the judgement of the Apex court. The Apex court is law and it should be respected and if the company is doing this, that means it is disrespectful to the nation, the Supreme Court and Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.