By Kola Bola
Management of Chi Limited has expressed sadness over the incident that led to the death of one of its workers involving men of the Nigerian Police Force on New Year eve.
According to a statement signed by the Head of Corporate Affairs, Chi Limited, Bode Sojobi, the firm said the incident happened when the workers tried to cart away some products of the company without authorisation.
Mr Sojobi said in the press release “In the evening of Friday, December 30, 2016, some workers succeeded in forcefully taking away several cartons of company products, damaging company property and endangering the lives of other personnel within the premises in the process.”
Due the violence he added “Management decided to enhance security around the factory by reporting the case to the Nigerian Police Station at Ajao Estate, which responded by placing its men outside the entrance of the factory to avert any further looting.”
According to him, the night-shift workers resumed work without any problems until around 4:30 am when some of them decided to stop work.
He noted that the stoppage came two hours to the end of the shift as they switched off the lights and proceeded to loot the company’s products.
“In the course of doing this, they attacked other personnel in the premises and police men deployed to prevent further danger to lives and property.”
The internal security personnel, he said, tried without success to persuade them to have a re-think. When they overpowered the internal security men, the members of the Nigerian Police Force at the gate stepped in to bring the situation under control.
“In the course of the encounter with the police, two of the workers sustained gunshot wounds. They were rushed to a nearby company-retained hospital for treatment. One of the injured workers is in stable condition in the hospital. The second injured worker was subsequently referred to a Teaching Hospital and was conveyed there in the company’s ambulance. Sadly, he later passed on.”
Sojobi said that Chi, as an organisation that places high premium on human life, that the death was immensely painful to the management, adding that “management immediately sent a delegation to condole with the family of the deceased.”
“We are surprised and saddened by this event because prior to this incident there had been no dispute between the company and its workforce. We later learnt that some workers felt that there had been discrimination in the distribution of products of the company as Christmas gifts, and then decided without authorisation to take company products for themselves as their own Christmas gifts.”