Declan Emelumba, Imo State’s Commissioner of Information, has refuted rumours that state government employees were not among the individuals detained in relation to an attack on Joe Ajaero, the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
According to Anaedoonline.ng, organised labour went on strike on Tuesday, claiming that the Imo State government had sent some of its officials to oversee Ajaero’s brutalization.
On Wednesday, Imo State’s Nuhu Ribadu, the National Security Adviser (NSA), announced that some suspects in the attack on Ajaero had been taken into custody.
In a Channels TV interview, Emelumba stated that the individuals who were taken into custody were not representatives of the state government.
The commissioner said, “I will say emphatically that the government has no hands in that attack. The governor has also regretted the attack; he feels bad that he (Ajaero) was treated that way.
“But I think it is also important to note that the NSA has said that they have arrested some of those who attacked him, and the police are investigating. It’s a statement of fact, and I don’t think any government official was among those arrested.
Speaking on the claims that one of the governor’s aides was involved, Emelumba said, “The governor’s aide was not involved. I can tell you categorically. He wasn’t even around Imo State that day; these are figments of imagination. No government official was involved, and this is verifiable.
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