PHOTO: Joe Ajaero rushed to Owerri hospital over brutalised eye

NLC president Joe Ajaero

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Joe Ajaero has been taken to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri for medical attention.

Head of information and publicity at the NLC headquarters Benson Upah told journalists on Wednesday that Ajaero’s right eye was completely shut due to the attacks he suffered by alleged agents of the state government aided by the police.

Upah said, “Contact has been made with Congress President, Comrade Joe Ajaero this evening around 15:30 hours at the Police Hospital in Owerri from where he was taken to Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where he is receiving medical attention.

“Thoroughly brutalized, his right eye at the time of contact was completely shut. Ajaero was beaten up blindfolded and taken to an unknown destination where more brutalisation took place, sometimes with bottles. His phones, money, and other personal effects were taken off him and have not been returned to him.”

The attack on Ajaero came after the NLC commenced industrial action in Imo over the government’s alleged violation of workers’ rights.