Two informal staff with Chi Restricted have misplaced their lives after a crew of policemen opened fireplace on them throughout a protest on the firm’s headquarters on Ajao Property, Lagos State.
The deceased, 19-12 months-previous Daniel Osikoya, and the opposite, whose identify had but to be ascertained, died from the gun accidents they sustained within the leg and thigh respectively.
Daniel was stated to have joined the corporate a couple of days earlier than the incident.
Nonetheless, the Lagos State Police Command mentioned the employees had attacked policemen deployed within the space with caustic soda, injuring an inspector.
It added that the operatives responded inside the ambit of the principles of engagement.
We learnt that the employees had protested towards perceived discrimination between them and the common staff, saying the administration solely cater to the welfare of the total-time employees.
A number of the informal staff, who spoke to our correspondent on situation of anonymity for concern of shedding their jobs, stated the distribution of Yuletide reward gadgets by the corporate to solely common staff was the final straw that broke the camel’s again.
The protesters, who work on the manufacturing division, stated they deliberated and agreed that every of them would take away a carton of the corporate’s merchandise – which vary from Chivita juice, Pleased Hour to Ice tea and Caprizone, amongst different dairy merchandise – as their very own New Yr packages.
“It’s pure injustice to offer solely the total-time employees items with out giving any to informal staff, who do a lot of the jobs. That was why we fought for our rights. It’s unfair for the policemen to assault us. We had been about to maneuver the cartons out of the corporate’s gate when the policemen invited by one of many firm’s safety males began capturing.
“Bullets hit Daniel within the thigh and one other employee was shot within the leg. I used to be with the 2 employees that had been shot; it was God that saved me. They shot at us as if we had been thieves.
“They weren’t taken to a hospital on time and Daniel died round 8am that day. He bled to dying. The opposite sufferer died this afternoon (Tuesday). Due to that incident, we weren’t allowed to work,” a employee mentioned.
A patrol van of males of the Speedy Response Squad stationed in one of many firm’s gates was noticed by our correspondent, who visited the realm on Tuesday. Informal employees had been denied entry into the corporate.
One other employee, who claimed to have spent two years within the firm, mentioned, “Every employee often takes away a carton of drink on the finish of the 12 months. Some manufacturing employees on afternoon obligation had already taken some cartons on Friday and our bosses didn’t discuss.
“These on evening responsibility needed to depart with their very own cartons round 5am on Saturday when the policemen began taking pictures. Two individuals died from the accidents they sustained.”
“Later, policemen hooked up to the corporate got here to the gate and informed their colleagues to allow us to go along with the merchandise.
“Most members of the administration are Indians. They’re treating us like slaves in our personal nation.”
The late Daniel’s father, Olufemi Osikoya, stated the corporate didn’t contact the household on time, including that that they had knowledgeable their household lawyer to institute a authorized motion towards the corporate.
He stated, “My son was a good particular person. If not for some points the household is finding out, he was alleged to have been in a better establishment.
“He was shot in two locations. As a substitute of them to hurry him to a public hospital, he was taken to the corporate’s clinic.
“We had been referred to as round 7am. After I obtained there, he was groaning in ache and had misplaced a lot blood.
“He gave up instantly we acquired to the Lagos State College Instructing Hospital, Ikeja. He joined the corporate in December. I learnt that his colleague that was shot can be useless.”
One of many firm’s receptionists, who recognized herself solely as Lorrita, instructed us that the official, who would make official touch upon the incidence, was not round.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, SP Dolapo Badmos, stated the employee
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