NSA Extends Invitation to Striking Labour Leaders for Discussions In light of the continuing statewide strike, National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu has called a meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress leadership.

    The TUC’s National President, Festus Osifo, stated in an interview with Arise Television on Tuesday that the labor leaders are still open to “reasonable and sincere” communication, even though it is unclear if they will attend the meeting.

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    “The NSA office has called a meeting, and it is scheduled for this afternoon,” a person with knowledge of the situation informed PUNCH Online.

    On Wednesday morning, Ribadu announced that certain individuals had been taken into custody in relation to the attack on NLC President Joe Ajaero.

    Since then, the NSA has started looking into the subject after expressing concern about the continued industrial action by said probe.

    According to The PUNCH, the current strike is in protest of Ajaero’s and a few other congress officials’ beating on November 1 in Owerri, Imo State, as well as the state’s unresolved labor disputes.

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    According to Benson Upah, Head of Information for the NLC, Ajaero was taken into custody by the police before to a state-wide demonstration in Imo.The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, charged the labor leader with interfering in state politics, despite the police’s denial that they had arrested Ajaero and their claim that he had only been placed in protective custody to foil a mob attack.

    In the lead-up to the statewide strike, the NLC and TUC subsequently wrote to its affiliates, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, the National Union of Electricity Employees, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, and others.

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