NSA Confirms Arrest Of NLC President, Ajaero’s Attackers; Apologies To NLC, TUC

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NSA Confirms Arrest Of NLC President, Ajaero’s Attackers; Apologies To NLC TUC

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, has apologised to the organised labour over the attack on the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, in Owerri, Imo State capital, on November 1

Ribadu added that Ajaero’s attackers have been arrested.

In a statement signed by the Head of Strategic Communications in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Zakari U Mijinyawa, on Wednesday, Ribadu urged the labour movement to rescind its decision on the ongoing strike, adding that the attackers of Ajaero had been arrested and investigations had commenced.

The statement read, “The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) is concerned by the declaration of a nationwide strike by the leadership of the Organized Labour led by the NLC and TUC.

“The NSA is particularly worried about the implications of the strike action on the livelihood of ordinary Nigerians and its potential impact on economic security and other strategic national interests.

“As attested by the NLC leadership, the NSA immediately intervened on learning about the travails of the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joseph Ajero who was assaulted in Owerri, Imo State.

“The NSA regrets the incident and condemns it in its entirety as it was against the rule of law and the principles of freedom of association and expression subscribed to by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his administration.

“The Federal Government will never condone such an act.

“As a fallout of the incident relevant authorities were directed to conduct thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the assault and bring to book the culprits. Available update indicates that some arrests have already been made in this regard. The outcome of the investigation will be made public as soon as it is concluded.

“The Federal Government, through the Office of the NSA, therefore, appeals to the labour leadership to call off the current strike action and allow the dialogue process underway to be exhausted.”

Ajaero, who had travelled to Owerri to lead a protest, was severely beaten and detained for several hours. In response, the organised labour gave the government an ultimatum to meet certain demands, including the arrest of those responsible for the attack on Ajaero. It threatened to launch a nationwide strike if the demands were not met. The labour unions jointly declared a nationwide strike on Monday.

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