The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has leveled serious allegations against Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, accusing him of orchestrating an attack on the village of NLC President, Joe Ajaero. The NLC’s Head of Media and Information, Benson Upah, claimed that Governor Uzodinma sent thugs to Azalla Owalla in Emekuku, the hometown of Ajaero, with the intent to assassinate him.
According to Upah, the attack was carried out under the false belief that Ajaero was still present in the village, recovering from injuries inflicted during a previous incident involving the police and hired thugs. The NLC condemned the assault, considering it a blatant attempt to suppress and brutalize their president.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Upah expressed shock at the governor’s actions, emphasizing Uzodinma’s disregard for human rights and democratic principles. The statement highlighted the governor’s alleged sinister objective – the assassination of the NLC president. The invasion of Azalla Owalla was seen as a continuation of the aggression against Ajaero, following a previous attack on November 1st in Owerri, the state capital, where Ajaero was brutally assaulted during a labor protest.
In response to these alarming events, the NLC called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene and restrain Governor Hope Uzodinma, demanding accountability and justice in the face of these attacks on their leader. The accusations have sparked widespread outrage and concern, emphasizing the need for immediate action to address the situation and ensure the safety and security of the NLC president and members.