Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has condemned the attack on the National President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero in Imo State.
The group urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to call the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma to order.
Ugamatv reports that Ajaero was brutalised in Imo State by thugs during a protest against the Imo State government.
Ajaero further disclosed that the beating continued under the watch of the police after he was arrested and taken away during the protest.
In a statement made available to journalists on Friday, the National President of Ohanaeze youths, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike accused the Imo State government of promoting violence.
Okwu said the Igbo group was enraged that a few days to the governorship election, state sponsored terror was still taking root in the State.
He said it was saddening that ever since Governor Hope Uzodinma mounted the saddle as governor, “Imo has not known peace; several lives have been lost, including properties worth billions of Naira.
“The carnage in Imo State was avoidable if the right things were done by the government in power. This is a government that came into power under questionable circumstances, as adduced by even a retired Justice of the Supreme Court.
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“Yet, instead of seeking ways to foster peace, it carried out with actions that are inimical to peace and unity, leading to a situation where Imo became the headquarters of unknown gunmen.
“To make matters worse and in its deliberate bid to silence every dissent voice, labour members have not also become subject of state sponsored terror.
“This is totally unacceptable and we caution the Imo State government under Hope Uzodinma to retrace its steps.
“We urge President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to call the Governor to order before more havoc is wreaked in Imo State.
“We are also calling on the Inspector General of Police to ensure that all the police officers involved in this hatchet job are identified and dealt with.”
“The November 11 election must be held in an atmosphere that will guarantee the safety of the electorate and the sanctity of the ballot.
“The INEC and security agencies must not be allowed to truncate the will of the people under whatever guise, as this will create more problems in the state,” Okwu further stated.