The Imo State Police Command has claimed that its officers did not arrest the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, in Owerri, the state capital as widely reported in the media.
Recall that IdanNews had earlier reported that officers of Imo state police command allegedly arrested the NLC president in Owerri.
The earlier report was confirmed by the Media Head of the NLC, Benson Upah, who said “Ajaero was picked up from the Imo council secretariat of the NLC by heavily armed police officers.”
The Imo state police spokesperson, Henry Okoye while reacting to the allegation said the NLC president had a heated argument with some individuals who resisted the picketing of the airport in the state.
Okoye said to prevent an attack on Ajaero, the police took the NLC president into protective custody at the state police headquarters.
“Upon receiving this report, the Imo police command swiftly deployed police operatives to the scene where the officer in charge exercised his operational discretion by taking the NLC president into protective custody at the state command headquarters to ensure the protection of his life and that he was not lynched in the scuffle that followed.
“The commissioner of police thereafter directed that he should be taken to the Police Medical Services, Owerri, where he would be accorded medical attention as a result of the attack.
“He was therefore accorded adequate security cover to proceed on his other legitimate engagements for the day”, the Imo police spokesperson said.