A Nigerian, simply identified as Arinze, was feared dead yesterday, after an expatriate working with the Arab Contractors Construction Company allegedly threw him down from the second-floor of a two-storey building under construction at the new Enugu State Secretariat, Enugu.
According to the Paradigm, the expatriate, known as Abdul Lateef, apparently from one of the Arab-speaking countries, allegedly pushed the deceased down from the building 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.
When contacted, 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”.
The South-eastern zone of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), however, insisted that “the Nigerian who was pushed down by the expatriate has died”.
In a statement 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.