The Imo state Police command has reported sealed off Labour Party’s secretariat in the state.
Labour Party national secretary, Umar Farouk, made this known in a statement issued on Monday. He stated that the secretariat was sealed by the police in connivance with the state government.
The statement read, “The national leadership of the Labour Party is shocked over the invasion and occupation of its Secretariat in Owerri, today, Monday, April 3, 2023, by the agents of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, including thugs and unauthorised policemen from the government house.
“Such an illegal occupation is akin to a similar invasion on the same secretariat on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.”
Farouk also mentioned that the law enforcement agency said the action was taken due to a court order. The secretary stated clearly that the party is neither presented by the court nor any of it’s agent.
“But as of the moment, no such order to our knowledge was given. No order has been presented to us by the court or its agents. The policemen presently occupying our secretariat have not even shown us the order. At the moment, all our officials and staff have been barred from accessing the secretariat.
“We have contacted the office of the Inspector General of Police on the ongoing development in the state, and it has been confirmed that the Force is not aware of any security breach whatsoever in the state to warrant the occupation of our secretariat.
“The Labour Party however is not unmindful of the efforts of the Imo state governor, Hope Uzodimma to hijack the leadership of the party in Imo state,” the national secretary said.
He noted that the police had also informed the party that it had not detailed any of their officers and men to the LP secretariat in Imo State and that the officers might have been drafted from the State House in the state.
Farouk urged members of the party in the state to be peaceful even in the face of the present provocation.
Reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, said that the allegation was unfounded.
The governor’s spokesperson said, “The Labour Party’s allegation is unfounded. They should stop pointing fingers at the wrong place.”
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