Nigeria workers have threatened to embark on nationwide strike, following attack on the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero by political thugs.
On Thursday, Ajaero was attacked by hoodlums during a peaceful protest government and labour related issues in Owerri, Imo State Capital.
In a joint Press briefing on Friday, the deputy President of NLC, Comrade Adeyanju Adebowale, accused police authorities in the State of complicity.
He stated that they “could no longer guarantee industrial peace and harmony in Nigeria, beginning Wednesday November 8, 2023”.
He revealed that a joint National Executive Council (NEC) of the two Labour Unions would meet to decide the next course of action in connection with the incident.
“We find it appropriate to let Nigerians know the sequence of events that led to the going to the State for a peaceful protest, which was aborted by police and hoodlum’s, recruited by the Governor”, according to him.
Adebowale said, “This has become necessary so that they do not fall victim to government propaganda or police disinformation and misinformation”.
The deputy President of NLC also denied any court order stopping Organized Labour from the aborted peaceful protest in Imo State.
But, police authorities in the State had confirmed Ajaero attack by thugs, noting that the labour leader was taken into protective custody.
The law enforcement agency had said Ajaero was taken into their protective custody and thereafter released before he was taken to the federal Medical Centre, Owerri for medical attention after his attack.
The State government denied involvement in the attack, which it claimed was politically motivated.
TheNewspad reports that attack on NLC President, has raised concern and demand for investigation, justice by Nigerians and workers, ahead of the November 11, 2023 governorship election in the State.