To prevent workers protest, armed officials seal Kano secretariat

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In what appears a clampdown on workers who planned to protest non-payment of salaries, security officials on Friday sealed the Kano State secretariat.

The office of the Kano State of Head of Service, Auwalu Naiya, was also sealed by the security operatives.

Our reporter who visited the secretariat saw heavily armed security officials at the entrance while the workers were absent from the area..

Text messages had earlier been sent to the almost 700 unpaid workers to converge at the office of the head of Service for the protest.

The affected staff, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, were those who were excluded or found culpable in the biometric data exercise mandated by the state government to eliminate ghost workers and ascertain the number of employees of the state.

The state government had on Thursday warned all workers not to participate in the planned protest.

Journalists who tried to speak to the Head of Service were prevented from doing so by his spokesperson, Mustapha Fagge, who said he was in a meeting.

However, Mr. Fagge and the reporters remained outside the secretariat for hours waiting for Mr. Naiya.

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