Policemen in Nasarawa, on 29 July 2016 shot at protesters, killing one of them and injuring three others in the process. Workers in the state had embarked on an indefinite strike following the decision of the state government to slash their salaries by 50 per cent.
According to the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba who was involved in talks with the Nasarawa state government over the protracted labour crisis rocking the state at the time of the shooting noted that the dead victim was a staff of the state Ministry of Education, while the three others who sustained gunshot wounds included a staff of Doma Local Government Council, the Judicial Service Commission and a journalist with the defunct Nigerian Newsday, a state-owned media outfit.
According to him, “The workers were unarmed and peacefully protesting for their rights only to be shot at by policemen stationed at the Government House gate."
The policemen attached to the Nasarawa state government house were responsible for the shootings of unarmed civilians during the protest
Section 39 and 40 of the constitution affirms the fundamental rights of expression and assembly