POLICE BRUTALITY: Labour threatens Nationwide strike as NLC President, Joe Ajaero undergo brain scan, other major tests

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The President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero has been referred for ophthalmic investigation, a brain scan, a full body scan, and cervical spine therapy among other investigations.

This is contained in a message sent by the Head of Information of NLC, Comrade Benson Upah to newsmen in Owerri.

Comrade Upah said the NLC President, Joe Ajaero was presently on a neck collar with weal all over his skin.

He stated that Comrade Joe Ajaero was taken to the Police Hospital in Owerri and later referred to Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where he is receiving medical attention.

The NLC alleged that Ajaero was thoroughly brutalized, with his right eye shut at the time of contact, with his phones, money and other personal effects taken off him.

The Organised Labour had earlier issued a warning to workers, indicating a potential nationwide action if the detained President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is not released by the close of business on Wednesday.

Earlier, Comrade Ajaero was apprehended in Owerri, Imo State, amidst a worker-led protest against the alleged persistent infringement of their rights by the state government.

NLC Threatened Nationwide Strike
The Organised Labour had earlier urged workers to be prepared for immediate measures, asserting that productivity cannot resume while the NLC President remains detained.

The Organised Labour also insisted that President Bola Tinubu must intervene to restrain Uzodimma and prevent the state from devolving into what they describe as “a den of thugs and bloodsuckers.”

However, the Imo State Police Command had said the NLC President is in a protective custody to keep him safe from harm.

Also, the Imo State government has denied any involvement in the arrest of the President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Declan Emelumba in a statement described as mischief the accusation by some individuals that the government effected the arrest of the labour leader.

He noted that the purported strike in the State had been stopped by the National Industrial Court in Owerri, which made the planned action illegal.

Chief Emelumba explained that it was in compliance with the Court order, that the Imo State chapter of NLC announced that it was pulling out of the strike.

The statement wondered what Comrade Ajaero was doing in Owerri in defiance of the order of the court, which warned of severe consequences against disobedience.

Chief Emelumba said information at the disposal of government indicated that there might have been a clash between workers of Imo State and invaders from Abuja, which led to police intervention to maintain the peace.

He added that the Government believed in the rule of law hence would not contemplate arresting the NLC President.

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