Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has expressed regrets over the attack on the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, barely two days after his re-election as governor.
Recall that Ajaero was assaulted and picked up from the NLC State Council Secretariat by heavily armed policemen in Owerri on Wednesday, November 1, and taken to an unknown destination.
In the wake of the incident, there were allegations by the organised labour that Ajaero was brutalised by the police authorities in the state. However, the Imo State Police Command said the labour leader was taken into protective custody.
Speaking on Tuesday at a meeting with the Imo State Council of Elders at the Government House in Owerri, Uzodinma said the Imo State Government regrets the situation the labour leader experienced in the state.
Uzodinma accused Ajaero of taking the leadership of Imo State for granted and engaging in a politically sponsored antagonism against the Government.
On the workers’ salaries, the governor explained that his administration had cleared the backlog owed Imo workers upon the assumption of office.
He said, “The sponsored antagonism between Imo State and the national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress, politically sponsored antagonism – we are already handling.
“The government of Imo State regrets any assault meted on the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, but at the same time condemns in its entirety the attempt by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, to take the leadership of Imo State for granted.”