Amnesty International Accuses Nigerian Police and Imo State Governor of Brutalizing NLC President

Amnesty International’s Accusation

Amnesty International, a prominent human rights organization, has alleged that the Nigerian Police, in collaboration with Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, were involved in the brutalization of Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), during a protest in Imo.

Repressive Tactics Against Labor Union

According to the human rights group, the Imo state government and the police utilized violence and repressive measures to intimidate the labor union during the protest that took place on Wednesday.

Joe Ajaero’s Ordeal

Joe Ajaero, the President of the NLC, reportedly experienced physical violence and was blindfolded by the police, with the apparent connivance of the Imo state government.

Amnesty International’s Condemnation

Amnesty International strongly condemns this incident and views it as a new dimension of impunity where violence is used against labor unions and their leaders.

Background of the Incident

The incident involving the brutalization of Joe Ajaero occurred during the NLC’s protest in Imo, with claims that the police force was responsible for the assault.

Police Response and Uzodinma’s Denial

The Nigerian Police force has refuted these claims, stating that they took Joe Ajaero into preventive custody due to intelligence indicating a potential mob attack against him.

Governor Hope Uzodinma has also denied involvement in the attack, suggesting that there are attempts to blackmail his government in the lead-up to the November 11 governorship election.

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