Imo State Govt Absolves Self From Brutal Assault On NLC President, Ajaero

By Damilare Adeleye

The Imo State Government has denied involvement in the humiliating assault on Joe Ajaero, National President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

Declan Emelumba, Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said no government official was involved in the attack.

Emelumba stated this while appearing on a Channels television program on Thursday, adding that the state government has no hand on the attack on Ajaero.

He said: “I will say emphatically that the government has no hands in that attack. The governor has also regretted the attack; he feels bad that he (Ajaero) was treated that way.

“But I think it is also important to note that the NSA has said that they have arrested some of those who attacked him, and the police are investigating. It’s a statement of fact, and I don’t think any government official was among those arrested.

“The governor’s aide was not involved. I can tell you categorically. He wasn’t even around Imo State that day; these are figments of imagination. No government official was involved, and this is verifiable.”

The organised labour unions had embarked on an indefinite strike over the physical assault, pointing fingers to the Imo state government of sending its officials to supervise the attack on Ajero.

The unions, however, had on Wednesday called off the nationwide strike following pleas from the National Security Adviser (NSA) who confirmed that the suspects behind the recent attack on the NLC Leader have been arrested.