Medical experts at the Federal University Teaching Hospital, Owerri, are currently battling to save the eyes of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero.
Ajaero was said to have been arrested by men of the Imo State Police Command while leading a protest in the state on Wednesday.
But the command said he was only rescued from a mob and put in protective custody.
Ajaero was seen in a viral video, sitting between two men while he was being rushed to Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.
In the video, the NLC boss said he didn’t have any phone on him, but had a relative in the employ of FUTHO who he hoped would be of assistance.
Meanwhile, the NLC officials condemned the incident as a heinous act of attempted murder.
The NLC Head of Information and Publicity, Benson Upah, described the treatment of Ajaero as an act of abduction that degenerated into attempted murder.
Upah said, “Contact has been made with Congress President, Joe Ajaero, this evening around 15:30 hours at the Police Hospital in Owerri from where he was taken to Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where he is receiving medical attention.
“Thoroughly brutalised, his (Ajeoro’s) right eye at the time of contact was completely shut.”