DSS Urged To Investigate NLC President Ajaero Over Imo Crisis

DSS Urged To Investigate NLC President Ajaero Over Imo Crisis

FCT, Abuja - The Initiative for Leadership and Economic Watch, a Civil Society Organization, has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to conduct prompt self-assessments among its members, signalling a need for potential changes, especially at the leadership level.

The group has accused the NLC's President, Joe Ajaero, of displaying a biased stance in addressing recent labour-related issues, particularly in events from the past week that nearly led to a breakdown of law and order in Imo State.

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The NLC has been urged to evoke the suspension of its national president. Photo Credit: Nigeria Labour Congress HQ/DSS
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In a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, November 9, Splendour Agbonkpolor, the group's Executive Director, proposed that Ajaero be immediately suspended by the NLC and subjected to investigation by the Police, DSS, and other security agencies.

He said:

“Let it be on record that Comrade Ajaero-led NLC has become a political arm of the Labour Party ready to blackmail, arm-twist and rain puerile machinations to disrupt the forthcoming democratic election in Imo State.

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“We, hereby, urge the NLC to purge herself from partisanship as labour unions are the last resort of the common man.
"It is time the union suspend Ajaero in order to restore the confidence of ordinary Nigerians who see labour unionism as a struggle for the enforcement of workers’ rights and entitlement."

Agbonkpolor highlighted an incident on November 2, 2023, where Ajaero, the labour leader, allegedly called for a protest among law-abiding Imo workers, potentially causing a security breach.

Despite this, Agbonkpolor acknowledged Ajaero's subsequent encouragement for citizens of Imo State to carry on with their lawful activities and participate in the upcoming governorship election.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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