Organized Labor, which includes the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, shut down electricity and fuel supply in Imo State on Tuesday in response to the barbaric treatment of the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, by members of the Nigeria Police Force the week prior.
The Labour Centers also asked aviation personnel to guarantee that flights into and outside the state are suspended.
This was one of the conclusions reached at the TUC and NUC-called emergency meeting of the National Executive Council on Tuesday afternoon.
The NEC has decided to shut down all services in Imo State as of tonight at midnight. Compliance should be a top priority for all employees and partners, no matter where they are located. Stop all flights to and from Imo state, as well as the delivery of fuel and electricity. Workers in both the public and private sectors are ordered to go on indefinite strike, according to a statement issued after the meeting concluded.
Effective at Midnight on November 8, 2023.
After the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, was arrested by police in Owerri, Imo State, on Wednesday, the Organised Labour, which includes the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, issued a five-day ultimatum on Friday, as reported by Punch.
The unions called for the state’s police commissioner’s transfer and the prosecution of the government assistant suspected of carrying out the assault.
If their demands were not met by next Friday, the unions also threatened to launch widespread industrial action.
In preparation for Wednesday’s statewide demonstration in Imo, the police detained Ajaero on Tuesday night. Benson Upah, the NLC’s head of information, has made this information public.
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma accused the labor leader of meddling in political affairs of the state, despite the fact that the police denied detaining Ajaero and claimed he was just brought into protective custody to prevent a mob attack.
Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, and human rights lawyer Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), have both spoken out against the attack on the labor leader.