The Imo State Police Command has officially denied the arrest of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, in Owerri.
The controversy stemmed from a series of events during the organization’s preparations for a mega protest rally in the state.
According to the police statement, while planning the rally, discussions arose about the possible lockdown of essential facilities, including the airport.
This led to resistance from some workers and individuals, resulting in confrontations and an eventual attack on the NLC President by a mob.
In response to the situation, the Imo Police Command deployed officers to the scene, who exercised their discretion by taking the NLC President into protective custody at the State Command Headquarters.
This action was taken to ensure his safety and prevent him from being harmed during the scuffle.
The Commissioner of Police directed that Comrade Joe Ajaero be provided with medical attention following the attack.
He has now been granted adequate security coverage to continue with his legitimate activities for the day.
It is important to note that there is a court injunction from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, dated October 27, 2023, which prohibits the NLC from conducting the intended protest rally in Owerri.
The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, urges all concerned parties to respect the court’s directives to maintain peace and security in Owerri and other parts of Imo State, especially with the upcoming election process on November 11, 2023.
ASP OKOYE HENRY
Police Public Relations Officer
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
IMO STATE COMMAND