This demand was voiced during a statement issued by the CSO in Abuja, and it centers on what they perceive as an attempt to disrupt a "popular mass protest of the Organized Labour in Imo state."
On November 1, 2023, Joe Ajaero was taken into custody by the police at the NLC state secretariat. While the police maintained that they detained Ajaero to safeguard him from a hostile mob, the NLC contradicted these assertions, insisting that Ajaero was not only arrested but also subjected to physical violence.
The statement read in part, “We find the Bola Tinubu government liable of complicity in this episode of bestiality displayed by the heavily armed forces of the Nigerian Police, who stormed the takeoff venue of the Workers’ Rally in Imo and abducted the NLC President to brutalise and murder him because they claimed the workers defied a court injunction.
“To this end, we demand that Mr Bola Tinubu, should tender an unreserved public apology to Nigerian workers and the President, Joe Ajaero within the next three days or risk an unprecedented mass actions capable of shutting down state business indefinitely.
“Enough is Enough! Nigeria belongs to the Nigerian people and workers. We can no longer tolerate this executive recklessness and impunity of the APC rule.”