Strike: NSA Ribadu Confirms Arrest Of Ajaero’s Attackers

Written by on November 15, 2023

National security adviser Nuhu Ribadu says the attackers of Joe Ajaero, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have been arrested.

In a statement issued by Zakari Mijinyawa, head of strategic communications in the office of the NSA, Ribadu called on the labour unions to call off the nationwide strike, noting that investigation into the assault on Ajaero in Imo state, has commenced.

The National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu is concerned by the declaration of a nationwide strike by the leadership of the Organised Labour led by the NLC and TUC.

Zakari Mijinyawa says 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 in 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.

As a fallout of the incident, relevant authorities were directed to conduct a 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 .

Organized Labour had called an indefinite strike which commenced on 14th November, 2023. The strike is believed to be among other demands, a retaliation for the attack on the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC in Owerri, the Imo state capital on November 1.

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