Assaulted By Her Employer, A Female Youth Corps Member Fights Back

Mary Agbo
By Peter NKANGA

A female National Youth Service Corps member has taken the fight to her employer for allegedly assaulting her and plagiarising her work.

Mary Agbo, 28 has waited for over a month for the first signs of justice for an wrong she says no woman should ever have to face – violence against women in the workplace.

On August 1, 2012, Agbo began her NYSC primary duty with the Garki Gazette, an Abuja-based weekly lifestyle and events publication, located within the premises of Eddy-Vic Hotels on Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki II, Abuja. By August 17, Emmanuel Abanah, the magazine’s publisher and owner of Eddy-Vic Hotels confirmed her as the Editor of the publication “having satisfied preliminary conditions for the job”, he wrote in her letter of engagement.

But on November 1, she filed a complaint at the Garki Police station against Abanah, 35, for allegedly assaulting her after she requested a Performance Certificate, the necessary documentation corps members must obtain from their employers monthly, and mandatorily submit to the NYSC to be entitled to their government allowance. She reported the assault to the NYSC on the same day and asked to be reposted from Garki Gazette citing fear for her life and an unsafe work conditions.

“He slapped me and pushed me, I hit my ear hard on an iron fence by his garden. He started dragging my top (white NYSC vest) and my breast came out,” Agbo told the Police. “He brought out his hand again and slapped me. He called his manager and assistant to send me out of the premises which they did”.

Agbo explained the events of November 1. In the morning while attending her Community Development group meeting, she was advised to submit her PC the same day as NYSC officials would be busy with the new batch of corps members resuming the following week. Back at the office which was locked, both Ada, Abanah’s assistant, and Sharks, the magazine’s production manager advised she call the publisher. After several unanswered calls and an SMS, Abanah alighted from his hotel room rude and shouting at her for disturbing him. As she tried explaining herself, he began beating her in anger, Agbo said.

A medical report from the Asokoro General Hospital signed by Dr. C.N Okoli stated Agbo “presented with generalized body pain, headache, earache, dizziness, and tinge of blood in the right eye”.

The Garki Police went to Abanah’s office that same day, but met his absence. It however became clear he had gone into hiding after he failed to turn up following several other visits to his office and calls inviting him to the station. A warrant for his arrest was subsequently obtained.

Two reasons are at the root of the assault, Agbo says. She had severally asked Abanah to pay her salary and that of the magazine’s contributing journalists being owed months in arrears. This displeased him tremendously. Also, her refusal to concede to her employer’s sexual advances irked him further, she said.

The NYSC at a zonal level launched an investigation. A source within the NYSC who asked not to be named provided the internal report with the findings from the investigation. Though Abanah had refused to see the investigating officer, staff of Garki Gazette and Eddy-Vic Hotels confided “he [Abanah] has been treating them the same that he pays them salary whenever he feels like and they do not have the right to ask him”.

“Based on the information about this man, shows that he is a very irresponsible man,” The NYSC investigating officer reported. “I advise that the corper should be withdrawn from serving in this establishment and be reposted, and all possible measures should be taken to make him for his reactions. He has no right to treat her this way.”

Abanah on his own then petitioned the NYSC State Coordinator on November 12 accusing Agbo in a four-page letter of “poor parental upbringing” and being “desperate, devious, and dubious and a calculated and cold liar that thinks everybody wants to flirt with her”. He added he has no regards for the Garki Police station and was therefore taking his case against Agbo to the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory.

“The publisher did not want a heehaw affair with a desperate woman whom he has been feeding in a local police station,” Abanah said.

“Miss Agbo has been given a fair option of proceeding to a court of law with her claims, but will not be granted the excessiveness of a shouting match with her employer at a local police station.”

Abanah in a calculated move petitioned the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory. But contrary to what he told the NYSC, he claimed Agbo was using police officers from the Garki Police station to threaten him. He asked the case be transferred to the FCT Police command, apparently to avoid being charged to court. On November 30, Agbo was invited as an accused to make her report. She was detained and only released after her sister stood bail for her.

By December 3, when the FCT Police Command was presented with Abanah’s subsisting arrest warrant from the Garki Police station, and it was also discovered the contradicting motives Abanah had declared in his letters to the Police, and the NYSC for refusing to honour the Police invitation, he was arrested with the Garki Police Station taking him into their custody.

Speaking to Abanah while in detention behind the Police counter, he said a recent case of murder in his hotel involving an alleged prostitute in October and his unwillingness to continually bribe officers of the Garki Police station led him to refuse to honour their respective invitations. Abanah denied assaulting Agbo, but claimed she was out to tarnish his image. He described Agbo as erratic and unproductive who for three weeks failed to come to work for no apparent reason only to resurface asking him to sign her NYSC Performance Certificate.

Abanah’s staff when questioned separately however debunked his claims, instead stating Abanah had failed to provide a conducive work space for them. A visit to Garki Gazette premises revealed the only furnished office is Abanah’s office, which doubles as his office as Eddy-Vic Hotels managing director, located on the ground floor of the hotel facing the main entrance. Another space for staff remains under construction.

To further puncture his claims, Agbo, the former sub-editor of the Charly Boy magazine, provided evidence of the eight editions she oversaw as editor of the Garki Gazette, with her by-line and image featured on the editorial page.

Agbo also accuses Abanah of plagiarism. Despite not giving her a termination letter, he removed her by-line from the magazine’s 54th issue which was her ninth edition which she said she wrote 16 out of 32 pages and edited before its publication 3rd-9th November 2012. A copy of the said publication reveals Abanah replaced Agbo’s name as editor with Kaila Budango, his pen name. He removed Agbo’s image from the editorial page, but published her remarks “word for word”, passing it off as his own, she said.

Late in the evening of December 3, the Police in Garki ushered a visibly humbled Abanah into a police cell after asking him to undress and declare all his belongings on him. He spent the night and was charged to court on December 4th 2012 for resisting Police arrest.

Abanah’s friends, since his arrest, have been pleading with Agbo and her family to let peace reign and withdraw her case currently with the FCT Police Command. Agbo said she has to consult with her lawyer and rights groups which took up her case before taking a decision. She however underscored conditions Abanah must meet.

“One he has to write back to NYSC to retract the lies he wrote about me. Two, he has to write an undertaking nothing will happen to me because he knows where I live,” Agbo said. “And since my contract is not terminated, he must pay my arrears and that of other staff he owes their salary.”

 

 Two samples of the editor's page of Garki Gazette where Ms. Agbo claimed she was short-changed

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Abuja girls! Readers be wise! There is no way a man will lay his

There is no way a man will proudly lay his hands on a lady he don't sleep with or has been spending money on,secondly because that guy is on drugs that's why he can do this,3rdly that girls hands are not clean I know abuja girls and men they have evil manners they ladies are there to pull they men down at all cost,the stupid men also believe that they will alway have their way to any thing on skirt when the truth comes out u will be very astonish about what u will hear Maybe they guy is her first mugu.

A Capital NO to the abuse of the feminine gender and Molestation

I stand up tall against this abuse and molestation been meted out to Miss Mary Agbo,Its totally uncalled for and highly barbaric...Abanah is not her father, that alone did not give him a right to either slap r beat her...If you can read this Mary r if any of her friends can, pls email further actions to admin@porscheclassy.com

Not 100% correct

@ Solar2005, the way the youth service works in Abuja is not what you think. Most people are asked to find employment in areas that suit their field of studies rather than being posted to a government department you have no business with and the government agencies can only take but so many. It is only in the south where everyone must teach in because they found out that most people wanted to be posted there because of the oil companies  leaving the northern states with fewer corpers.
    What happene to this girl had nothing to do with corruption because if she had the means or was from a wealthy background, nobody will dare put hands on her or the police would have never detained her. Her parents would have gone straight to the NYSC office and spoken to the big wigs and they would have sent soldiers to get the guy. As you can see, just field officers were sent.

 

Shameless Boss.

NYSC Officials Should Inspect Places Of Primary Assignment(PPA) Thoroughly Before Posting Corps Members There! Corps Members Need Insurance!Corps Members Suffer Alot In Their PPA: (1)Environment Not Sustainable(2)Wicked Boss Who OverWorked Them(CorpsMembers),Who Refuse To Issue Them Their Monthly Clearance Letters If They(CorpMembers) Dont Dance 2 Their(Boss) Nonsense Tunes!

I encourage Agbo not to

I encourage Agbo not to relent in the pursuit of the case until justice is served. Anyone in little higher place of authority thinks he or she is above the law. Why was the police not deployed to fish out this arrogant son of a bitch out of his hiding on time. Is he above the law? Why was the abused (Agbo) detained by the police? Abanah should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and his behaviour should be curtailed to prevent him from assaulting other women. I encourage women's right group to take over this case and teach this arrogant and impudent son of bitch a lesson.

I thought they said corp members should only be posted to Govt

I thought they said corp members should only be posted to Govt agencies and parastatals,how come she is posted to a private company. In Nigeria where corruption is the order of the day, anything can happen.

I am not surprised by the

I am not surprised by the treatment being meted to Mary by the publisher, Abannah. please visit the website http://thegarkigazette.com then you will realise the publications is sexually explicit.

SEXUAL HARASMENT

THE BIG BOSS MUST BE DEALT WITH TO STOP INCESSANT ASSAULTS ON OUR YOUNG WOMEN.

MARY, GO ON WITH PROSECUTION...!

IS NYSC LISTENING?

NOT ONLY ARRESTED

@emma, good comment, the man should be made to pay compensation to this lady and to the Nigerian society for insult to our women in this country. If na abroad many ladies go come out now and start narrating their story of what he did to them, government should also sieve his property and association of journalism shld sieve his right, that will serve others

A beautiful lady...

A beautiful corper like this, a randy employer like that, in an hotel environment...all is equal to TROUBLE!

NYSC Secretariat, please watch out/investigate before sending out our corpers.

In as much as i condemn

In as much as i condemn reasonably whatever form of abuse & devalue of our female folks, i suspect a blackmail and sufficient provocation. Hotel workers, bussiness with criminal records is not a place for our youth(creed, secrets & money).
Let her stop shouting, NYSC should be wiser, children of today & money

SPEAK OUT TO STOP VIOLENCE OF WOMEN !

Good one Victoria. You see we must first and fore-most applaud this young lady for the courage to tell her story, we all know what the socioeconomic situation is in Nigeria and how evil employers capitalize on this. Women have been maltreated and abused in Nigeria for too long and it must come to an end. Many are afraid to speak, but there is a new wave especially as Mary's story came after that of Miss Abigail Kakiyes who took a bold step to confront her expatriate employers for violation of human rights and abuse. This should continue, we MUST encourage more women to speak out and lets address this issue !

ONE VOICE - STOP D VIOLENCE

I am calling on all women to Stand in one voice support the movement to STOP the violence of women join us on twitter , send us your story and wait for our next move to end this madness......

contact us on twitter :@jostice4women

SPEAK OUT TO STOP VIOLENCE OF WOMEN !

I am particularly surprised that Sahara reporters never picked up the similar story of human right abuse and violation of a female staff by Expatriate French company in Nigeria which appeared in Newspaper and is online. Mary's story is coming after this and I think it is super that more women are fearlessly coming out to tell their story. We must stand in one voice against violation of women in Nigeria and anywhere in the World, especially at a time like this when the Nigerian constitution is being reviewed action must be taken this time around to enshrine women right laws. Violence against women MUST be STOPPED !!

SPEAK OUT TO STOP VIOLENCE OF WOMEN !

God Bless you Moji and Chinenye great contributions and support !! What this young lady needs now is the support of all well meaning and mentally stable Nigerians and YES it is very vital that she tells her story to the world in a society as ours where many women are violated but silent- the REALITY is that people like Dike and Anonymous are mentally retarded, they are the exact caliber of ill minds that are very capable of opening fire at babies like in Connecticut-believe me, mental illness is real and catching up with Nigerians so Mary, just ignore such ignoramus comments.

Grow up ezeigbo

You must be a child becos a matured man wouldn't write wat you stupidly posted. Am also a corp member. Pls if you don't something important to write then shut your tramp nd grow up.

@Ezeigbo

You are obviously one of the sexual perverts about town. I pray for your wife to become the sexual harassment
target of anyone she meets. At least my sister was able to resist but I pray your wife will give to all that ask.Kezayah she will be.Then you will know we are not all dumb.

he is wicked

IS SO SAD THAT YOUTHS WHO WANT TO SERVE AND GET THEIR CERTIFICATE BECAUSE NIGERIA NEEDS IT UNDERGO SUCH ILL TREATMENT. I KNOW EDD VICK HOTELS VERY WELL AND USED TO STAY AT THE C.B.N. ESTATE BEHIND THE HOTEL.
THEY DON'T PAY WORKERS AND USUALLY ASSAULT THEIR WORKERS. ALSO, THE LADY WHO OWNS THAT HOTEL \MA SHE REST IN PEACE\ WAS VERY RUDE AND WICKED TO HER STAFF. HE DESERVES ALL HE IS GETTING. NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW AND GOD HAS CAUGHT UP WITH HIM.
I AM TALKING FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF KNOWING THE FAMILY VERY WELL.

GOD PASS THEM.

IS SO SAD THAT YOUTHS WHO WANT TO SERVE AND GET THEIR CERTIFICATE BECAUSE NIGERIA NEEDS IT UNDERGO SUCH ILL TREATMENT. I KNOW EDD VICK HOTELS VERY WELL AND USED TO STAY AT THE C.B.N. ESTATE BEHIND THE HOTEL.
THEY DON'T PAY WORKERS AND USUALLY ASSAULT THEIR WORKERS. ALSO, THE LADY WHO OWNS THAT HOTEL \MA SHE REST IN PEACE\ WAS VERY RUDE AND WICKED TO HER STAFF. HE DESERVES ALL HE IS GETTING. NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW AND GOD HAS CAUGHT UP WITH HIM.
I AM TALKING FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF KNOWING THE FAMILY VERY WELL.

IS SO SAD.

IS SO SAD THAT YOUTHS WHO WANT TO SERVE AND GET THEIR CERTIFICATE BECAUSE NIGERIA NEEDS IT UNDERGO SUCH ILL TREATMENT. I KNOW EDD VICK HOTELS VERY WELL AND USED TO STAY AT THE C.B.N. ESTATE BEHIND THE HOTEL.
THEY DON'T PAY WORKERS AND USUALLY ASSAULT THEIR WORKERS. ALSO, THE LADY WHO OWNS THAT HOTEL \MA SHE REST IN PEACE\ WAS VERY RUDE AND WICKED TO HER STAFF. HE DESERVES ALL HE IS GETTING. NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW AND GOD HAS CAUGHT UP WITH HIM.
I AM TALKING FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF KNOWING THE FAMILY VERY WELL.

he is a dog

He is a dog, corp members are going through thing like this. I strongly believe her. Some will want to sleep with u before giving u a job. What a wicked life!

That man should be arrested,

That man should be arrested, tried and sent to a 5 year sentence which should serve as an example to male chauvinistic pigs in Nigeria. It is about time we recognise the role and contributions of Nigerian women and stop treating them like slaves. In case we forgot, we all came from the womb of a woman. Wake up Nigeria/ns

The maltreatment we NYSC

The maltreatment we NYSC corps members receive from our employers, and the body of NYSC itself at different levels: federal, state, and local government respectively is enomous. Up till this moment 10th December Ondo State chapter as not paid the November national allowance. It can be remebered that the September allowance was paid on 17th October in Ondo State which I'm sure of (perhaps nation wide). This has been reated many times without any measure to remedy the situation. Many employers wickedly refuse to provide us with 'modest accommodation' or a reason allowance' etc. Some LGI even look for a way fraustrate corps members, especially the female ones so that they can have their ways.

the love of man is truly waxing cold! DIKE ANAGBALU IZU

DIKE ANAGBALU IZU. Pray you don't get caught up in a situation this messy. What spirit is at work in you?

the love of man is truly waxing cold! DIKE ANAGBALU IZU

DIKE ANAGBALU IZU. Pray you don't get caught up in a situation this messy. What spirit is at work in you?

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Ezegbo or what do you call

Ezegbo or what do you call yourself? Her age has nothing to do with still been in service. In fact I can say she is lucky, how many of Nigerians youth are lucky to complete their degree on time at the hands of jamb, post jamb and the problem of admission. If you don't have anything to say, find how your friend will come out.

D world is a nice place. Pple

D world is a nice place. Pple take sides on every issue. Even when d truth is very glaring and staring them right in the face. The truth must b told which ever side u take make a pledge a solenm promise dat ur side should be d measure u recieve and d measure u will b treated wit if u are faced wit any circumstance. That is what i term as personal justice. Bless u all.

Are you OK Dike?

Apparently you must be having a mental breakdown. No sane human being will write this nonsense you have spewed on the internet.

Aunty Moji pls tell them. Sad

Aunty Moji pls tell them. Sad when you see such lowlifes making vile comments about a matter they know nothing about and thus make baseless conjectures about thr existence of a boss-lover rship with the dimwit publisher. I can attest to Mary's exemplary attitude towards work & how industrious & dedicated that girl is, if a tiny fraction of the Nigerian workforce were as diligent as Mary Agbo who knows what heights we would have risen to in every facet of our national life. #nuffsaid