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  • News - South East - Imo
  • Updated: November 16, 2023

Assault on Ajaero: No govt official among arrested suspects — Imo commissioner

Assault on Ajaero: No govt official among arrested suspects

Declan Emelumba, the Imo State Commissioner for Information, said no state government officials were among those detained in connection with the assault on Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Joe Ajaero.

The NLC leadership went on strike on Tuesday, accusing the Imo State government of deploying some of its personnel to oversee Ajaero's brutalization.

Amid the brutalization, Ajaero was admitted to the hospital for a few days. In a video that went viral, the NLC president was seen and heard narrating how badly he was beaten. 

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, stated on Wednesday that several individuals were apprehended in connection with the November 1, 2023 attack on Ajaero in the state.

On Channels Television's Sunrise Daily on Thursday, Emelumba stated that the people apprehended were not state government officials.

The commissioner 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,” he said.

“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.”

Emelumba dismissed reports that one of the governor's assistants was involved, saying, "The governor's aide was not involved. I can tell you unequivocally. He wasn't even in Imo State on that particular day; these are all figments of his imagination. There were no government officials engaged, and this is verified."

Following the involvement of the NSA, the NLC has subsequently called off its strike. 

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