The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says it may embark on industrial action over the attack of members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) protesting in Kaduna state.

Williams Akporeha, NUPENG national president, said NUPENG members should be on the red alert as they could shut their services “at very short notice if situation arises”.

“The National Leadership of NUPENG is deeply saddened with the violent turn of NLC peaceful protests by the … regime of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna State,” Akporeha said in a statement.

“The Leadership of the Union is therefore calling on the Federal Government to immediately call on Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to order before his arrogance and power drunk ego further push the situation into horrendous calamity as he has been doing in all issues relating to human lives and wellbeing.

“In the light of the above, we are therefore putting all NUPENG members nationwide on red alert and may at very short notice of five hours call for a nationwide industrial action if situation arises.”