Joe Ajaero speaks in viral video with brutalised eye

NLC president Joe Ajaero

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress Joe Ajaero has been filmed speaking about his ordeal after his arrest on Wednesday.

While addressing Imo workers at the NLC secretariat, armed security operatives stormed the premises, picked up the labour leader and whisked him to an unknown destination.

Ajaero was supposed to lead workers in a protest against the state government.

The NLC president reemerged with a bruised and swollen face.

In a video that went viral on Thursday, Ajaero is seen sitting between two men in a vehicle, saying: “If you say extend interim order, an interim order elapse with time, you know, if they have issued a fresh interim order is a different thing.

“They don’t extend interim order; it expires within one week or two. He should have issued another order ex-parte. They kept that letter; they kept that thing they posted to them.

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“He said, do I know that this thing they can prosecute me about? I said well, it is the same court that granted this order that can institute the contempt charge; you can’t just now start prosecuting me.

“My brother, they beat me. God must have taken extra time to create me ordinarily, ehn, the kind of beating.”

Ajaero was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri for medical treatment.

It has been alleged that the labour leader was picked up on the orders of Governor Hope Uzodimma.

The attack on Ajaero comes hours after the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Egbetokun attended a retreat for senior police officers at Landmark Event Centre in Owerri.