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  • Updated: May 22, 2024

How Chinese national pushed Nigerian worker to her death in Abia

How Chinese national pushed Nigerian worker to her death in

A Chinese national working at Inner Galaxy Steel Company in Abia State's Ukwa West Local Government Area is said to have pushed a young female employee, Ocheze Ogbonna, to death.

Allnews.ng gathered that the Asian reportedly shoved her from the crane.

Ogbonna's murder provoked indignation in her Umuahala neighbourhood, prompting youths to assault the corporation.

The rally was dispersed by Nigerian Army forces who allegedly shot Light Chimeko Ahuruonye, one of the participants.

According to some sources, Ahuruonye's serious condition prohibited local medical institutions from accepting him, prompting his family to make arrangements for his transportation to a city hospital.

A community elder who talked with The Whistler pledged that the teenagers will continue to seek justice for their late sister.

When contacted for comment by the aforementioned publication, Abia Police Public Relations Officer ASP Maureen Chinaka replied, “I will get back to you on that.”

On August 12, 2020, an X user identifying as @Truthfully83 revealed troubling claims concerning Inner Galaxy Group's labour abuses.

According to the report, the firm functions like a "modern-day slave camp" with over 1,000 Nigerian labourers exposed to harsh working conditions.

Accounts also claimed that employees are compelled to labour from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week, with no breaks or time off.

Research also revealed that Chinese bosses refer to Nigerian staff as "master" or "mistress" and subject them to physical and sexual assault regularly.

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, convicted and jailed two Chinese nationals, Duan Ya Hong and Xiao Yi, to one year imprisonment each, for engaging in illegal mining activities in the state. 

The duo, along with their company, Ebuy Concept Limited, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice Evelyn Anyadike, on one-count charge related to illegal mining and possession of solid minerals without the required licenses.   

Their conviction was confirmed in a statement on Thursday by the Commission's Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, who said the Chinese nationals were arrested after they had purchased 30 tons of minerals, transported via a truck with Registration Number JJJ 386 XT, at Banni in Kaiama LGA of the state in February, an offence that contravenes Section 1(8)(b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act 1984.

"Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin, convicted and sentenced two Chinese:  Duan Ya Hong and Xiao Yi to one year imprisonment for offences bordering on illegal mining and possession of solid minerals without requisite licences," the EFCC spokesman said. 

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