The Ebonyi State Chairman of the Nigerian Labor Congress, Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor, has been hospitalized at emergency ward of the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki after an altercation with fierce looking police men.
Following his release, Mr. Ikechukwu slumped and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Mr. Ikechuwku and other labor protesters in the State was tear-gassed, beaten, thrown into a police Hilux van and ferried to Ebonyi state police headquarters.
The police were said to have intercepted the NLC members at Pastoral Centre along old Abakaliki-Enugu expressway and ordered them to move back to their office but they resisted and insisted on continuing the peaceful protest, a resistance which angered the police who used force on them.
Mr. Ikecchukwu was sighted rolling on the floor while Anti-robbery police Squad brutalized him and other members of NLC.
Speaking to newsmen from the hospital where is recuperating, the labor stated that “Our greatest surprise was that this team was led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations.
“The Assistant Commissioner commanded his men to deal with me and even when I was on the ground he was matching me and ordered about five of them to lift me and throw me into a Hilux van”.
“We even gave the police the letter before DSS and the DSS sent their men, they were on the crew with their vehicle following us and guiding what we were doing
“But to our greatest surprise, police did not consider this, one of the DSS men was also attacked by police and his gun and phones collected forcefully from him. And before the CP, they checked his phone to make sure he did not video anything that happened”.
The Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police described the protest “As an unlawful assembly which could lead to breakdown of law and order.”