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Labour declares nationwide strike over Ajaero’s Imo attack

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The organised labour comprising of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has announced a nationwide strike over the beating and abduction of NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero.

At a press briefing on Friday, NLC Deputy President, Comrade Adeyanju Adewale, and TUC’s Deputy President, Tommy Okon said the strike would hold next Wednesday

According to the leaders of the bodies, the Federal Government is given a six-point demand, including the immediate removal of the Imo State Commissioner of Police, and an Area Commander, among other officials, for their alleged complicity in the brutalisation and humiliation of Ajaero and other workers.

The duo said: “The NLC President was blindfolded and whisked away by security operatives in the state before intervention from the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu.

“He was also beaten along with other workers with his phone seized, and journalists also maltreated with evidence shrouded away from the public”.

The unions further expressed workers’ worry over the negligence of the Federal Government on the issue and the non-intervention of security personnel despite being briefed about their leaders’ presence in the state.

They resolved that “the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde, should not only be investigated and redeployed but should also be held accountable for his action on Ajaero.

“The Area Commander and the other officers who supervised the brutalisation of our President and other workers in Owerri should be relieved of their office and stripped of their commission.

“We demand an unbiased and thorough examination of the President on the physical and psychological injuries inflicted on him. And all the properties lost be restored immediately”.

They stressed that if the government fails to meet their demands, the NUC, TUC, and their affiliates will no longer guarantee peace in the country, as there will be nationwide protests.

Ajaero was whisked away by the police at a protest on non-payment of workers by the Imo State Government in the state capital.

Reacting to the arrest, NLC accused the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma of conspiring with the state Commissioner of Police, Barde, to ‘abduct’ Ajaero, on Wednesday.

NLC said that the state government has continued to use what it described as ‘the instrument of violence and intimidation’ against trade unions and their leadership in the state, adding that they had only asked the governor to pay the salaries owed to the state workers.

NLC) and TUC frowned at Ajaero’s detention, stressing the need for President Bola Tinubu’s intervention.

But the state Police Command and the governor, in separate statements, denied arresting Ajaero.

The police claimed the NLC President was in Owerri as part of the Congress’ plans to organise workers for a massive protest in the state.

During the planning stages, there were reports of proposals to lock down some crucial facilities, mainly the airport in the state.

Meanwhile, the state commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, claimed that the governor has no hand in Ajaero’s arrest, adding, “Those accusing the government are perennial mischief makers always crying wolf where there is none”.

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