Group petitions police over sexual haras Onitsha

Group petitions police over sexual harassment by Chinese workers in Onitsha firm


Anambra State female lawyers under the aegis of ‘Stand Up For Women Society’ have petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang, over an alleged sexual harassment of Nigerian girls by some Chinese working in an Onitsha–based manufacturing company.


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In the petition titled, “Cases of sexual harassment, human rights and labour violations by the expatriate workers”, the group alleged that the expatriates were in the habit of luring the girls with money, adding that those that failed to succumb to the intimidation were summarily sacked

Chairperson of the group, Adaobinna Edozie and secretary, Nkolika Ebede (Secretary), along with Joy Ikebuaku (legal adviser) and Chinwe Mezue (woman leader), who signed the petition, said they would not fold their arms and allow such incident to continue against fellow women at a time cases of rape were on the increase in the society

The petition read in part: “We humbly write to bring to your notice, cases of sexual harassment, assault, human rights abuses and labour violations by expatriate workers at Dexin West Africa Limited at Niger Bridge Industrial Layout, Onitsha.

“A particular incident occurred on June 12, 2020, at about 9.30 pm between three expatriate workers and one female worker (names withheld).

“The expatriate worker was reported to have called the lady on night duty from the factory work bay who gave her his phone to read a message on it.


“After reading the message, the Chinese worker told her to be ready to come back to their house to sleep with his brother and that they will pay her the sum of N4000.

“She warned the Chinese against insulting her and when the girl turned to go back to continue with her work, the Chinese kicked her on the bottom and her phone fell down and broke.

“After the incident, the expatriate worker gave her some money and told her that she had been sacked and that she should not enter the company again.

“Because it was too late for her to go home that night, the girl ended up sleeping at the company’s security post till the next morning.

“We seriously view these issues especially the manner and situations in which they occurred as breaches and harassment of the highest order by these expatriates

“Termination of one’s appointment without any justification and without payment of any benefits and exposure of the young girl to harsh weather with the attendant health risks, are also serious infringement of her fundamental rights.

“We hereby pray that you use your good offices to properly investigate these atrocities and impunity with the aim of bringing the culprits to book.”

CP Abang, who confirmed yesterday of receiving such petition said the matter was still under investigation by the police command.

According to him, justice must be done in the matter.

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She contends that most of the laws and policies by governments geared towards regulating the digital space in the African context have resulted into a lot of internet shutdowns including attack on press freedom and violation of the rights of journalists and activists among others which have been the trend.


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Mr. Wemakor sought to know her views on whether the authorities have lived up to expectation when it comes to proper regulating of digital space within the African continent.


The Digital Clinic which brought together some selected journalists and civic actors from across West Africa namely Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Nigeria was initiated by the Interactive Initiative for Social Impact (Dataphyte) in collaboration with Spaces for Change (S4C).


The training was aimed at exposing civic actors to the threats in the digital world and equip them with knowledge and practical solutions to deal with the threats to help minimize the risks they pose.


Its goal is to help journalists and civil society protect their information, data, devices and communications against digital security threats.


The participants were taken through topic such as Investigative Journalism Practice in the Digital Space: Risks and Rewards, Deep Dive on Digital Rights in the West African Context, Whistleblowing Policy and Practice in the West African Context and Practical Session on Digital Safety Tools.


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As the world transitions to a digital space, threats are fast increasing online, while people’s rights to freedom of expression, access to the internet and privacy among others are being denied, a trend which is a cause of worry.


But Adenike Aloba who equally doubles as the Managing News Editor of Dataphyte believes the authorities have a major role to play in helping citizens overcome these threats to always remain safe.


“This is a challenge being faced across the world, but it is only in African countries we are seeing laws that want to shut down, that want to control rather than figure out a solution that is more long-term”, she bemoaned.


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“Dialogue is important when you are designing a policy or something then there has to be public engagement because of its public policy for crying out loud”.


She called on all and sundry to do everything humanly possible to protect themselves against the threats while advocating strongly for better laws or policies in place that can help promote and protect digital rights.

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