The National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, on Wednesday, said investigation has commenced into an assault on the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero.
The NSA also said some suspects have been arrested in connection to the incident in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on November 1, 2023.
Labour embarked on nationwide strike on Tuesday to seek justice over an assault on Ajaero who was attacked when he was about to lead a protest against alleged anti-labour practices by the Governor Hope Uzodimma-led administration.
In the wake of the incident and days to the November 11, 2023 governorship poll in Imo State, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, had redeployed Mohammed Barde, the then Commissioner of Police in the state under whose watch the incident happened, and ordered an investigation into the assault on the NLC leader.
However, the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo, said the unions have no confidence in the probe by the IGP and called on the NSA to lead the investigation.
“The office of the NSA should lead this investigation; it should not even be the Inspector General of Police because in this particular subject, we also feel that the IGP is compromised,” Osifo said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme early Wednesday.