Nigerian Feared Dead After Expatriate Threw Him Down From Storey Building

A Nigerian, simply identified as Arinze, was feared dead on Thursday, 23rd January, 2014, after an expatriate working with the Arab  Contractors Construction Company (O.A.O)
threw him down from the second-floor of a two-storey building undergoing
construction at the new Enugu State Secretariat, Enugu.
Leadership Friday gathered that the expatriate, identified
as Abdul Lateef, apparently from one of the Arab-speaking countries, allegedly
pushed the deceased down from the building at about 11.30 a.m.

A source told Leadership Friday that the expatriate, whom
sources said is feared by many in the company for his brutality, pushed the
deceased down after their disagreement on how a particular task should be
carried out at the site.
Workers of the company had attempted to lynch the expatriate,
but for the timely intervention of the police, who took him away.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police  Command 
said it has commenced “a full-scale investigations into the alleged
incident” .
A release made available to reporters in Enugu by the
command’s public relations officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said “ the victim was
rushed to a nearby hospital where he is now responding to treatment”.
But the South-eastern zone of the Civil Liberties
Organisation (CLO) insisted that  “the
Nigerian who was pushed down by the expatriate has died”.
In a statement made available to Leadership Friday in
Enugu  by its zonal director, Olu
Omotayo, the CLO  described the action of
the expatriate as “a barbaric act in all ramifications. This is not the first
time we are receiving complaints of torture and brutalisation of Nigerians by
expatriates of some of these construction companies. These actions show how Nigerians
have always been treated with disdain by these so-called expatriates in the
construction companies.”
Omotayo further condemn the brutal killing of Arinze and
demanded that the police charge Abdul Lateef for murder. “Nigerians cannot
continue to be treated like animals in their own country,” he stated.

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