The Nigeria Labour Congress president, Comrade Joe Ajaero, has been taken into custody by the police in Owerri, Imo State (NLC).

According to Vanguard, Ajaero was arrested on Wednesday, November 1, while the demonstration was still going on.

The location of the NLC President, who was dragged away by heavily armed security personnel, is now unknown.


Reports emerged of demonstrators being attacked by vandals who damaged automobiles and injured laborers. A contrary story published by The Nation states that Ajaero was detained at the NLC State Council Secretariat by heavily armed agents.

The Head of Media at the NLC Headquarters, Benson Uper, who confirmed Ajaero’s arrest, said: “President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero was picked up a few minutes ago from the NLC state council secretariat by heavily armed policemen in Owerri and taken to an unknown destination.”

“As a result, we are left with no choice but to embark on mass protests and industrial actions beginning on the 1st day of November 2023. NLC gives fresh condition to attend meeting with FG Meanwhile, reported that the NLC threatened to shun the meeting with the federal government if the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong was part of the meeting on Monday, October 30.

Ajaero made this statement to journalists on Sunday, October 28, while discussing the challenges faced by Imo workers. He based the decision of the NLC on the minister’s breach of the agreement about the controversial issue that split the membership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).