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4 metro MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017 ... City, Crime, Courts 08185225745, 08055126196 Kung fu kicks: Nigerians demand Samson Folarin SOME Nigerians have demanded the arrest and prosecution of Master Wan, a Chinese employee of Bedmate Furniture Company, who allegedly crippled a worker, William Ekanem, with Kung fu kicks on the premises of the company. On different social media platforms, including PUNCH Online, Nigerians also asked the Ogun State Police Command to sanction the Divisional Crime Officer of the Ibafo Police Station for allegedly taking N50,000 bribe. PUNCH Metro h a d reported that Ekanem, who had worked with the Construction worker commits suicide after sacking • Scene of the incident Samson Folarin Photo: Samson Folarin THE corpse of a construction worker has been found dangling from a rope tied to a mango tree at Isoto, Ajasa Command, in the Alimosho area of Lagos State. The victim, identified as Water, was said to be among those working on the construction of the Command-AIT Road. The corpse was said to have been found opposite the Alade Stadium end of the road. The deceased was reportedly sacked recently, which residents claimed could be the reason for the suicide. PUNCH Metro learnt that the corpse was spotted around 2pm on Sunday by a resident, who raised the alarm. People in the community were said to have raced to the spot where the body was found. A member of the landlords’ association in the area reportedly contacted policemen from the Meiran division. A resident and witness, who spoke with our correspondent around 6pm, said although the police had arrived at the scene, the corpse was still dangling from the tree. He said, “There is scanty information about the man. He was found by someone in this area around 2pm and the person raised the alarm. “A crowd of people have been milling around the corpse since then. He put on a yellow polo shirt with the name, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, written at the back. The agency’s logo is also on the shirt. The action appeared deliberate. The man was among the workers employed by a private construction company to work on the Command-AIT Road. He was on daily pay, but was recently sacked. That may be the reason for the suicide.” The resident told our correspondent that the victim couldn’t have been killed by anyone because of a building close to the scene of the incident. “If he was taken there by some persons, he would have screamed and people would have come to his rescue. Also, there is no sign of injuries on him to suggest that he was beaten to death before being hanged,” he added. PUNCH Metro learnt that some tenants in a house close to the scene had been invited by the police to make statements. The resident later said officials of the State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit had arrived at the scene to remove the corpse. “Three workers with SEHMU have just removed the body. They also took away his bag, which was at the foot of the tree,” he added. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident, noting that the corpse had been deposited in the Lagos Mainland Hospital mortuary for autopsy. “The case has been transferred to the Divisional Crime Branch for further investigation,” he added. Chinese who crippled company since 2007, had a confrontation with Master Wan sometime in April 2017 over some foodstuffs the 27-year-old bought from a food vendor. The Chinese man was alleged to have used his kung fu skills on the victim, kicking him from the back and stamping him on the chest. The victim was taken to Beechland Hospital, Arepo, from where he was taken to Divine Touch Hospital after the former hospital allegedly said he was in a good condition. A doctor at Divine Touch, Dr Dotun Odofin, however, said the victim sustained injuries which affected his mobility, adding that there was a “loss of lumbo, sacral curvature, and associated muscular spasm resulting in his inability to walk, bend and flex.” Odofin also said the c o m p a n y a b a n d o n e d Ekanem at his hospital. The victim had also alleged that the DCO of Ibafo collected N50,000 from the Chinese company to deny him justice. Although the company’s Afeez Hanafi THE ambience of Tayo Laose Close, Akinola Cole Estate, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos State, has been fraught with distress since a worker at Green World, a drug producing firm on the estate, allegedly killed his Chinese boss, Alice Xu. PUNCH Metro learnt that the incident happened around 8pm on Friday at the firm, which the 26-year-old Chinese woman also used as a residence. It was said that the suspect, 28-year-old Okechukwu Amos, a casual worker, sneaked into Xu’s apartment while she was asleep and covered her nose with a cloth until she suffocated. O u r c o r r e s p o n d e n t gathered that the suspect had complained that the boss usually harassed him, and decided to “deal with her” that day. Not done, Amos reportedly ransacked the apartment and allegedly stole about N800,000 and $2,000, which belonged to the deceased. lawyer did not respond to enquiries from PUNCH Metro, the Nigerian manager of the company, Lekan, said the victim was pretending. T h e P o l i c e P u b l i c Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, had said the Ibafo Divisional Police Officer was on a special assignment in Maiduguri, promising to get back to our correspondent later. • Ekanem Nigerians, however, called for justice for the victim, expressing disappointment in the police and the Nigerian company manager, Lekan. On PUNCH Online, a reader, Obiejesi Kingsley, said, “Dear P U N C H Newspapers, you guys have distinguished yourself as the voice of the voiceless in Nigeria. Please don’t allow this story to die. It is only in Nigeria that citizens are molested at will by foreigners and those who should protect us will look the other way. If this Chinese guy gets away with this, then it is a huge shame on Ogun State and Nigeria.” Another reader, Akin, said, “It is quite unfortunate that a Nigerian could be treated like this in his own country with the connivance of his Worker kills Chinese boss To evade arrest at the estate gate, which is manned by private guards and two policemen, our correspondent gathered that Amos disguised as a mentally-derailed person. Luck, however, ran out on him. A security guard, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on condition of anonymity, said the suspect almost escaped from the gate, but he unearthed his identity and alerted one of the policemen. He said, “I was at the security post around 9pm that day when I saw a man half-naked. He walked towards the gate bare-footed. He was holding a pair of slippers and carrying a load wrapped with a shirt on his head. “I initially took the man for a mad person, but after a closer look, I discovered that he is Ikechukwu (Amos). I asked him what was wrong and why he was dressed like that. He said he was angry and that he was quitting his job at the the company. I asked if the person that brought him to the company was aware, he said no. “I volunteered to call the person, but he refused. I requested to know the content of the bag with him, he was reluctant. “That was when I became suspicious and called a policeman, who was at the gate with me. He interrogated • Amos Photo: File him and forced him to open the bag. The bag contained a lot of cash. He led the policeman to the company, where we found the woman dead.” The guard said Amos was handed over to the police at the MAN Centre division. When our correspondent metro Kung fu kicks: Nigerians demand 4 MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017 ... City, Crime, Courts Samson Folarin S OME Nigerians have demanded the arrest and prosecution of Master Wan, a Chinese employee of Bedmate Furniture Company, who allegedly crippled a worker, William Ekanem, with Kung fu kicks on the premises of the company. On different social media platforms, including PUNCH Online , Nigerians also asked the Ogun State Police Command to sanction the Divisional Crime Officer of the Ibafo Police Station for allegedly taking N50,000 bribe. PUNCH Metro had reported that Ekanem, who had worked with the Construction worker commits suicide after sacking • Scene of the incident Photo: Samson Folarin Samson Folarin T HE corpse of a construction worker has been found dangling from a rope tied to a mango tree at Isoto, Ajasa Command, in the Alimosho area of Lagos State. The victim, identified as Water, was said to be among those working on the construction of the Command-AIT Road. The corpse was said to have been found opposite the Alade Stadium end of the road. The deceased was reportedly sacked recently, which residents claimed could be the reason for the suicide. PUNCH Metro learnt that the corpse was spotted around 2pm on Sunday by a resident, who raised the alarm. People in the community were said to have raced to the spot where the body was found. A member of the landlords’ association in the area reportedly contacted policemen from the Meiran division. A resident and witness, who spoke with our correspondent around 6pm, said although the police had arrived at the scene, the corpse was still dangling from the tree. He said, “There is scanty information about the man. 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