Civilian staff of defence ministry protest alleged brutalisation by military

The civilian staff of the ministry of defence, under the umbrella of the Joint Executive Council, has protested at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja over alleged brutalisation of their members by the military.

The protesting staff held up placards that read: “They brought dogs to harass us,” “We are not slaves in the military’s hands” among others.

The President of the Council, Didam Joel, said a civilian staff of the ministry has been under detention for a month by military authorities, even though he is not a military personnel.

Joel added that an assistant director of the ministry working at Command Secondary School, Ojo, in Lagos, was equally brutalised yesterday without recourse to civil service rules.

The joint executive council is made up of all affiliate unions of civilian staff working in the Ministry of Defence.

The joint executive council is made up of all affiliate unions of civilian staff working in the Ministry of Defence.

He also alleged that a laboratory scientist in the Naval Reference Hospital, at Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos, was “brutally killed” barely two months.

“We were at the heat of it, the person controlling the current crop of soldiers in all command schools in Lagos including some civilian PSOs, are backing these shameful acts of killing MOD staff at duty posts.

“We therefore demand the complete overhaul of the command schools by returning the schools to their original structure of standard school system, to be headed by professional education officers in the Ministry of Defence and they can only provide security if they wish.

“The management of MOD should be aware that we are not backing down on this as we don’t know who is next,” said.

Effort by our reporter to reach director of press of the ministry proved abortive as he did pick telephone calls nor responded to text messages.