In a recent twist of events, National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu acknowledged the arrest of individuals responsible for the brutal attack on Joe Ajaero, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), during a protest in Owerri on November 1.
Facing mounting pressure from organized labour, which issued an ultimatum demanding the arrest of Ajaero’s assailants, the Federal Government sought legal measures to restrain the impending nationwide strike.
Despite these efforts, the strike commenced, causing widespread disruption across the nation.
Expressing remorse for the incident in Imo, Ribadu extended an apology to organized labour and highlighted the Federal Government’s regret.
He emphasized the concern over the potential adverse effects of the strike on ordinary Nigerians, economic security, and other vital national interests.
Amidst the turmoil, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) intervened promptly upon learning of Ajaero’s assault.
Ribadu reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the rule of law and the principles of freedom of association and expression, as endorsed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his administration.
In response to the incident, authorities were directed to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the assault.
The NSA confirmed that arrests had already been made, assuring the public that the outcomes of the investigation would be disclosed upon conclusion.
The Federal Government, through ONSA, appealed to the leadership of organized labour to reconsider the ongoing strike.
Ribadu urged them to allow the dialogue process to unfold, emphasizing the commitment to resolving the crisis through peaceful means.