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Government Defends Arrest Of Labor Leaders

June 6, 1986

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) _ Top leaders of the Nigerian Labor Congress are being interrogated on charges of involvement in subversive activities, according to a government statement.

The statement Thursday said ″no responsible government could condone such unpatriotic action from any group or persons in society.″ The statement advised union workers and others to ″go about their normal duty.″

Security forces made the arrests Wednesday after the union leaders said they would go ahead with a scaled-down demonstration in defiance of a government threat to oppose the demonstration ″with all the methods at its disposal.″

Those arrested include labor congress President Ali Chiroma, Deputy President Lawrence Peterside, General Secretary Lasisi Osunde, and head of the labor cooperatives, Adebayo Shodeinde, the independent Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

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