Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has been taken into custody in Imo State.

Busy Bee November 2, 2023
Updated 2023/11/02 at 11:39 AM

Ajaero was taken from the NLC State Council Secretariat in Owerri by heavily armed policemen and transported to an undisclosed location. The Head of Media at the NLC Headquarters, Benson Uper, confirmed this information through a WhatsApp message to Channels Television.

The NLC is currently spearheading a protest and strike across the state of Owerri due to grievances such as lack of respect for workers, unpaid salaries, and pensions.

According to our informant, the labor leader was apprehended at the NLC secretariat in Imo while preparing to lead an ‘Occupy Imo’ protest planned for today.

According to a source, Ajaero, the labour leader, has been arrested by the police for violating a court order prohibiting protests by the NLC and TUC in the state.

However, when asked for information on the arrest, the police spokesperson in Imo, Henry Okoye, stated that he did not have any details yet but would provide information once he had a clearer understanding of the situation. Nonetheless, the police in the state have stated that Ajaero is currently being held in protective custody.

In a statement from the police spokesperson, Okoye Henry, it was explained that during the planning of the protests, there were suggestions to lock down essential facilities, including the airport, which led to resistance from workers and other individuals. This resistance resulted in scuffles, heated arguments, and an eventual attack on the president by a mob.

Upon receiving the report, the Imo Police Command acted swiftly and sent police officers to the scene. The Officer in Charge made the decision to protect the NLC President by taking him into custody at the State Command Headquarters. This was done to ensure his safety and prevent him from being attacked in the ensuing chaos.

The Commissioner of Police then ordered that the NLC President be taken to the Police Medical Services in Owerri to receive medical treatment for the injuries sustained during the attack. The NLC President has been provided with adequate security arrangements to continue with his scheduled activities for the day without any concerns.

It is important to note that there is a court injunction issued by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Owerri, with Suit No. NICN/OW/41/2023 dated 27th October, 2023, which prohibits the NLC from holding the planned protest rally in Owerri.

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