The Organised Labour has threatened to embark on an immediate nationwide strike following the arrest of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero.

Mr. Ajaero was picked up by Police officers in the early hours of yesterday during a protest by workers in Owerri, the Imo state capital over an alleged violation of their rights by the Imo state government.


The organised Labour consequently called on Nigerian workers to be on alert for an immediate nationwide action if the President of the Congress was not released.

Mr. Ajaero’s arrest comes days after the National Industrial Court had stopped the NLC and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) from carrying out any protest in Imo state.



The Imo State Police Command clarified reports concerning the alleged arrest of the President of the NLC stating that they did not arrest him but saved him from mob attack.


The state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Barde who revealed this said a court order had barred the NLC from holding its intended protest in Owerri. He also urged all concerned parties to ensure compliance with the court directives to avoid jeopardising the current security arrangements in the state.


The Commissioner of Police thereafter directed that Mr. Ajaero should be taken to the Police Medical Services, where he would be accorded medical attention as a result of the attack.