The Labour Party has expressed its support for calls made for the immediate redeployment of the Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Stephen Olanrewaju, and other officials directly involved in the recent attack on the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero in the state.
Ajaero, was attacked and brutalised in Owerri, on Wednesday, while he mobilised workers for a protest over their unpaid salaries brutalised.
Amidst the widespread outrage which followed the incident, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress had accused the Imo CP of being complicit in the attack and threatened a five-day ultimatum for the federal government to replace him.
In a statement issued by Labour Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, on Saturday, the party noted that the entire police structure in the state must be rejigged immediately.
The statement read partly, “On that note, the Labour Party is aligning with the leadership of NLC and TUC to demand the immediate removal of the Commissioner of Police, Imo State, the Area Commander, and other officials who are believed to be involved in the mistreatment and degradation of Comrade Ajaero and fellow workers.
“The Labour Party had a few months ago petitioned the Chairman Police Service Commission on the continued stay in office and discharge of duties of the present Commissioner of Police in Imo state who once held sway of the Adamawa State Police Command. Even against the directive of the Commission that the CP be redeployed immediately, he has blatantly disregarded the order.
“We are using this medium to call on the Police hierarchy to immediately rejig the entire police structure in Imo state. Their role in the attack on Labour Union leaders was done in bad faith and unmistakable evidence that someone is clearly blowing the trumpet they are dancing.”