Friday, 3 July 2020

Police rescue eight Nigerians ‘locked in’ for four months by Chinese couples in Abuja

from FCT Divisional Police Command in Utako raided House No. 117 at Jabi area of Abuja, the residence of the Chinese nationals whose neighbours said are couples.
Some of the police wore bulletproof vests on mufti while others were in mafia suit with police insignia emblazoned on it.

The arm-bearing policemen arrived at the place around 9:30 am did not allow residents of the area to come close to the house.
The operation followed a call by a radio listener to Human Rights Radio on Tuesday morning, alerting the presenter of a prime time programme, “Berekete Family” of the Nigerians who have been locked in for four months by their employers.
It was not clear what kind of services the Nigerians were rendering to the Chinese, but they were said to be the domestic staff of the couples.
One of the rescued Nigerians who gave his name as Alex said he works as a driver for the Chinese couples, he and seven others are domestic workers and have been locked in since the outbreak of COVID-19 late February.
“They never allowed us to go out since February,” Alex told The ICIR.
“If anyone of us goes out and they know, a certain percentage of his salary will be deducted.”
“Even yesterday, when this man (pointing at one of the workers) sent someone to buy him water, N500 was deducted from his salary that is yet to be paid,” Alex added.
He said the Chinese did not care about their feeding since the house arrest.


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