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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illiterate fool.

illiterate fool.

Ezeigbo Na Damaturu, it is

Ezeigbo Na Damaturu, it is disconcerting that men such as you are have no reservation in airing your senseless views. Expect you are Abanah in disguise, men like you should never be in a position of power. You will act like a beast. Even if the Agbo were to be your daughter or sister, I'm sure your depraved sense of judgement will prevent you fro fighting for justice on her behalf.

AFTER READING MOJI DANISA, MARY IS A GOOD GIRL

Mary is a good girl and I now and here recount my former message.

THIS IS ME AGAIN

EZEIGBO NA DAMATURU

Since January 2012 the

Since January 2012 the President DIRECTED on the New Corps members POSTING POLICY: PHC, EDUCATION, RURAL INSFRASTRUCTURE &AGRICULTURE.
A publishing house was never approved. Who posted her there? The President has been disobeyed.
Her employer must be Punished, but also persons that Degraded her & Dis obeyed the PRESIDENTIAL/GOVT. POLICY.

HALF NAKED GIRL, STUPID STORY

Why is this girl still doing her NYSC at 28 years old. That is an age when she should be married to a man is she is a good girl. She is lying, how can the man come down nake and just start beating her. Stupid story, sho must have been having wetincall with the man and the man refuse to pay. All these sentimental fools in sahara writing sympathy rubbish, you are all dumb! You cannot reason.she must stop disgracing herself in public with skimpy dress laughing seductively.

THIS NIS ME AGAIN
EZEIGBO NA DAMATURU

Why Do men do this in Nigeria?

Must they sleep with all employees? It thus means other girls there are having it with this ugly guy. Police should charge him to court. Why are friends asking for peace to reign? Peace can only reign when he goes to jail

idiot

I am one of the writers he still hasn't paid for 4stories I wrote and I am very sure everything she's saying is the truth,don't be an idiot...Get ur facts right..

Its really sad that someone

Its really sad that someone will send d above ridiculous falsehood about Miss Agbo. Its so disheartening that dis hardworking, outstandingly creative and resourceful girl would have such vengeful and hateful enemies at her age, but then again, it tells you what a great person she is. Mary Agbo was my reporter when I edited the Charlyboy magazine. Her resourcefulness saw her rising to the position of sub-editor within three months and she could easily have risen to the position of editor if she so wanted.

continuation

Her resourcefulness saw her rising to the position of sub-editor within three months and she could easily have risen to the position of editor if she so wanted. Mary's hard working nature and peaceful demeanour endeared her to everybody and I grew a healthy daughter/mother/boss relationshp dat has endured till today. Mary is one of d youths to watch out for in Nigeria, an asset to any organisation. Its so sad that she encountered dat man who calls himself publisher( a publisher from hell) and I must advice anyone who has a personal axe to grind to find a better outlet to vent his vile hatred if he/she can't grow up. She's got my back and I will go much further if dis hateful person takes dis calumny any further. None of us left abruptly, charlyboy magazine simply stopped production.

Its really sad that someone

Its really sad that someone will send d above ridiculous falsehood about Miss Agbo. Its so disheartening that dis hardworking, outstandingly creative and resourceful girl would have such vengeful and hateful enemies at her age, but then again, it tells you what a great person she is. Mary Agbo was my reporter when I edited the Charlyboy magazine.

I pity you Mr Anonymous!

I pity you Mr Anonymous! Someday soon you or your mother or wife or sister or daughter will be treated in the same manner and you will forever hold your peace because of your biased thinking and comment about other peoples problem. Get a life!

I AM SURE YOU ARE A CHAUVINIST

I bet you didn't read this story or else the least of your worries will be her hand you can barely see. you are just a fool and i am sure that the reason you are insinuating that she has something to do with her boss is because you do the same thing,if you are a girl and you are a woman abuser if you are a man. so it is ok for your little mind to think of little things!! idiot.

The SS&SE should do the same....

The SS&SE should do also place behind bars, all citizens of other countries of continent Nigeria who have been staling our resources.

The SS&SE reserves the right to control all of its resources & is not under any obligation to continue to feed lazy countries in the continent via monthly subvention.

Just as the Corp member has locked up the ranting intruder publisher, so the SS&SE who feeds an entire continent of over 199 million people must lock out the parasitic dependent countries. This is justice indeed.

Long live the United States of the SS&SE

The SS&SE should do the same....

The SS&SE should do also place behind bars, all citizens of other countries of continent Nigeria who have been staling our resources.

The SS&SE reserves the right to control all of its resources & is not under any obligation to continue to feed lazy countries in the continent via monthly subvention.

Just as the Corp member has locked up the ranting intruder publisher, so the SS&SE who feeds an entire continent of over 199 million people must lock out the parasitic dependent countries. This is justice indeed.

Long live the United States of the SS&SE

@ Anonymous (Both of You Have Problem)

Your comment is stupid at it's best. You are a thoughtless pig. You have a faulty thought process. The country is going down the tube b/cos of people like you.

Both of you have problems

I would have believed your story more young girl but for your nakedness. You and your oga have many things you are hiding. Tell the world the truth and you shall be free. When the going was smooth between both of you nobody heard of it. Go and sort yourselves out and hide your shame

Naija Police

If only the Nigerian Police force can take time to investigate cases like this particular one, then I don't think anyone in Nigeria will have any cause to doubt or be willing to report any case to the police authorities. NPF, nice work. Pls keep it up.

Enough is Enough

I commend this lady for her courage to stand up to her right and take on an irresponsible bully. No matter what she did wrong, the employer had no right to assault her. It is about time Nigerian ladies starts saying no to abuse, molestation and prostitution, all in the name of making money in order to buy material things.

It is better to go starving than sell your souls to the devil. These guys are serial womanisers and roaming around with HIV, waiting for the next victim to pass it on to.

Let us all start fighting prostitution and modern day slavery by saying no to immoral ways of life.

Well done Agbo! You are a true role model.

Screw hls ass

Screw his ass for abuse, misleading the the police , plagiarism and many others, Scapegoat him. Atakuna!

The tyranny of the employer

This story can be replicated a million fold in the Nigerian workplace. It is heart warming to see even one person standing up for her rights. The fear is always that if you loose the present job you may not get another, employees therefore labour under the yoke of tyranny of the employer.

Employees are routinely owed several months in unpaid salary arrears while their employers live in uncommon luxury with several investments both at home and abroad. The recent case of Jimoh Ibrahim readily comes to mind.

I plead with this young lady not to give in to the pressure from the man's friends. About time one irresponsible employer is made to serve time. Hopefully, this will serve as a lesson to others.

NYSC members face alot

this is one out of the many that was able to slip into our ears. I had some ugly experiences too from an employer(contractor) who claimed to be a retired military officer. He threaten me, being the only one that complained about his failure to meet up with agreements to make the working place conducive. he mandated an overnight job...i had to quit... He still owes me some money...
NYSC officials need to have some terms of agreement with any employer seeking 'cheap labour'(they call it)...

FABRICATED STORY

This story was obviously cooked up. With this girl's antecedent,I doubt her claims. This girl is known for her notoriety. Many staff of Charlyboy magazine have attested to this fact. She left the organization unceremoniously, and had problems with almost all the staff. I'm disappointed in Sahara reporters for not taking their story from an objective angle.

You guys should have blured

You guys should have blured the names of other people in the scanned pages provided. You could also be sued.

STUPID MAN. AS THE ADAGE

STUPID MAN. AS THE ADAGE SAYS.....EVERY DAY FOR THE THIEF, ONE DAY FOR THE OWNER.

ABANAH HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR A LONG TIME. USING OFFERS OF JOB TO LURE DESPERATE WOMEN INTO SEX. THANK GOD HE MET HIS MATCH IN AGBO.

HE MUST REMAIN IN POLICE CUSTODY FOR SOMETIME
1. HE SAID HE HAD NO REGARDS FOR GARKI POLICE STATION, BUT HE WILL LATER AFTER SPENDING SOMETIME.
2. HE NEEDS TO WRITE A LETTER OF UNDERTAKING FOR THE SAFETY OF AGBO, AND HE WILL REQUIRE A FEW MORE DAYS TO THINK IT THROUGH

The man is a fool and a

The man is a fool and a coward for assaulting a woman and even plagiarising her work,d lady in question must seek redress at a court of law to serve as a deterent to others and he must pay for damages

Monster

Mary Agbo, i am proud of you. Despite what you faced, you persisted and justice must be served no matter what. Please do not concede to any appeal, there has been too much violence against women all over the world and we must stand against do. Let this be a lesson to other men to learn from. Please do not be moved by anything, Abanah must serve his jail term.

Go On Girl

If your story is true, which it seems to be, i will say go on girl and teach this agbaya-man a very good lesson of his life. I can imagine thousands more in similar predicaments, abused and harrassed by their employers on a daily basis with no one to defend them. Let him drink of his own medicine and know what it taste like. Aluta Continua, Victoria Acerta.