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Protests In Lacasera As Firm Sacks 700 Workers

Scores of workers at Lacasera Company Plc staged a protest yesterday in Lagos, moments after about 700 workers received their sack letters, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The company, however, described the protest as an invasion of its premises by “hoodlums”.

NAN reports that the crisis began after the workers arrived at the company premises in Amuwo Odofin Industrial Estate, Mile 2, Lagos, and found the gate locked against them and a notice of disengagement pasted at the entrance.

The notice dated Sept .14 and addressed to all members of staff, stated that “as a result of the unwarranted breaking-in and invasion of our business premises on Sept. 11, we cannot guarantee the well-being of our employees from hired hoodlums and their collaborators.

“As a result of this unprovoked act of vandalism, we are unable to continue operations under this circumstance.