Benue State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Godwin Anya, has been attacked by armed robbers.
Although he escaped unhurt, his wife was shot.
Anya disclosed this to journalists in a telephone interview to explain his absence at the protest march by the labour on Tuesday.
Anya said he could not lead the protest because of the robbery attack in which his wife was shot.
He said he had travelled to his village in Ushongo to celebrate Christmas and New Year when they were attacked by robbers.
According to him, at about 12 midnight, the entire family gathered in his house in prayer to usher in the New Year when more than five armed men attacked them.
“They led me to the bedroom and collected over N750,000 meant for my children’s school fees and all our handsets. I have reported the incident to the Ushongo Divisional Police Officer,” Anya said.