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Labour Party Backs NLC, TUC On Calls For Immediate Removal Of Imo State CP

The Labour Party has thrown its weight behind calls by the Nigeria Labour Congress to redeploy the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Stephen Olarewaju.

The party, in a statement issued on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, was reacting to the alleged attack on the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero in the state.

JungleTalker recalls that Ajaero, who was in Owerri on Wednesday to mobilize workers for a protest over unpaid salaries in Imo State, was allegedly kidnapped by the police and brutalized.

The leadership of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC had on Friday, issued a 5-day ultimatum to the federal government to remove the police boss over his alleged involvement in the attack.

The Labour Party, while reacting to the attack on Ajaero, said the police structure in Imo State must be rejigged.

The statement reads partly, “On that note, the Labour Party is aligning with the leadership of NLC and TUC to demand the immediate removal of the Commissioner of Police, Imo State, the Area Commander, and other officials who are believed to be involved in the mistreatment and degradation of Comrade Ajaero and fellow workers.

“The Labour Party had a few months ago petitioned the Chairman Police Service Commission on the continued stay in office and discharge of duties of the present Commissioner of Police in Imo state who once held sway of the Adamawa State Police Command. Even against the directive of the Commission that the CP be redeployed immediately, he has blatantly disregarded the order.

“We are using this medium to call on the Police hierarchy to immediately rejig the entire police structure in Imo state. Their role in the attack on Labour Union leaders was done in bad faith and unmistakable evidence that someone is clearly blowing the trumpet they are dancing”.

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