President of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and other Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), Danjuma Musa, has been arrested by the Police and the move seems to be backfiring.

Musa was allegedly arrested on Thursday in Lagos, flown to Abuja on Friday and detained at the SARS headquarters.

NUBIFIE has now termed the arrest “politically motivated”.

The United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, and NUBIFIE have accused the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar, of ordering the arrest to force NUBIFIE out of ULC.

They have also petitioned the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), urging him to intervene as the arrest had “the potential of snowballing into unprecedented industrial turmoil in the country”.

Consequently, NUBIFIE has fixed an emergency meeting of its decision-making organs for Monday to discuss what they perceived continued harassment, intimidation and subsequent arrest of Musa.

In a joint statement, both union said: “This is unfortunately over intra-Union dispute which has been adjudicated and settled by the relevant courts but which the losing party who is not a member of the union has decided to resurrect via the instrument of trumped up charge of threat to life and stealing.”