The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said on Friday that he was taken into custody by the police in Owerri and given over to thugs who were prepared to severely assault him.
He said that the thugs who were about seven in number dragged him on the floor like a common criminal.
Briefing journalists in Abuja, the NLC president said the NLC wrote to all the security agencies before they went to the state for the protest on 1st of November.
He claims that around seven in the morning on that particular day, workers who arrived at the protest ground were beaten up by thugs and had their phones taken.
Ajaero said he got there around 9 am after he got the report of an assault on workers, adding that the police arrested him and handed him over to thugs.
He said: “I can’t explain the beating I received. They tied my hands and dragged me on the floor like a common criminal.”
The NLC President denied the allegation by the Imo State government that he is a card carrying member of the Labour Party.
“I am not a card-carrying member of any political party as alleged,” he said.
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