- The Ogun state police command has claimed that it is unaware that 30 Nigerian workers at a Chinese firm were locked-in at the company’s site for 3 days
- The workers were allegedly locked-in by the company’s management in order to prevent them from stealing and carting away company property
- The aggrieved workers claimed that the company’s management further cut off electricity and water supply for the amount of time they were locked in
- The Trade Union Congress chairman in Ogun state has advised the workers to lodge a formal complaint; while vowing to get to the bottom of the matter
The Ogun state police command has feigned ignorance over the alleged incarceration of 30 Nigerian staff, in the premises of a Chinese firm for three days, Premium Times reports.
Speaking with the publication, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command’s public relations officer, stated: “I am not aware of this incident, and I don’t think the matter was reported in any of our stations.”
NAIJ.com gathers that 30 workers at the Centre South Construction Company protested their alleged incarceration at the site for three days.
They were reportedly locked up from Friday, October 6, and finally released on Monday, October 9.
The decision to lock up the workers was reportedly taken by the company’s management, so as to prevent the workers who were on weekend shift, from stealing company property.
The workers’ further claimed that the water and electricity at the site was shut off by the management of the company.
They stated that they were stranded and had to rely on hawkers who were passing by.
One of the aggrieved workers stated: “What if there are emergencies like fire outbreak or someone fell sick among the locked-in workers?’’
In reaction to the allegations however, a senior official of the company, Ben Xhen, claimed that they were advised to lock-in the workers by the company’s security outfit, Pahek Security Services Limited.
However, Xhen’s claim was denied by a manager at Phabek, who stated that the firm gave no such advice.
Olubunmi Fajobi, the chairman of the Trade Union Congress in Ogun state, advised the aggrieved workers to lodge a formal complaint.
He stated: “First, I think there a need to advise the concerned workers, whose rights were trampled upon to hand in a complaint formally to official and other appropriate quarters.
“This development is painful and shocking and as a union we’ve taken note and strongly believe the government and law enforcement agencies will not allow the matter be swept under the carpet until the person who gave such a dastardly instruction is brought to book.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported about how Nigerians are treated by their foreign bosses.
Some of the workers interviewed for the special report, stated that they were aware that their case was ‘voluntary slavery;’ but said they had become powerless as a result of the economic hardship in the country.
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