Chinese Expats Treat Nigerian Employees As Punching Bags

A Nigerian policeman holds an umbrella over a Chinese expat
Maaji Meriga
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Chinese kick Nigerian workers on the testicles when they are not submissive.

If you are a Nigerian working for the Chinese, you are at risk of losing your private parts, says Maaji Meriga, after he practically lost the use of his manhood while working to construct railway tracks in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, for the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), a major overseas interest of the Chinese government.

The 62-year-old casual worker and bread winner of a family of 6 children was left potentially impotent when the company’s transport manager, Marcho Chin, popularly called ‘old soldier’, allegedly kicked him on his testicles and punched him on the ear to prove who is boss.

It all began a month into his job as a water tanker driver on January 29, 2011 at about 11:00am when Old Soldier asked Mr. Meriga to fill his tank and water the road leading to the CCECC yard, around Karamajiji Village near the Abuja airport. Mr. Meriga said while en route and spraying the ground, another Chinese in charge of drainages stopped him close to the yard and asked he fill two drums with water. He obliged, turned off the main spray machine, opened the side tap and began filling the drums when Old Soldier came and queried him.

“He said I am wasting resources, that I want to spoil the tanker. I told him that I can’t spoil it. He just went and opened the spray machine,” said Mr. Meriga. “I told him that it is his brother that asked me to fill the drums. I bent down to switch off the spray machine when he then kicked me from behind on my scrotum and testes. I immediately fell down. As I got up and asked him ‘master why?’ he then blew me on the ear before entering his jeep and drove to the yard.

Mr. Meriga immediately reported the case to the company’s personnel manager, Mr. Austin, but was ordered out of the premises, without any medical attention given to him.

“I reported at Karamajiji Police Station. I naked myself before the Police and showed them what happened to me. They saw my thing was swelling. I told them I am dying, I need,” Mr. Meriga said. “One officer followed me to the company but Mr. Austin told the Policeman he will not allow the white man go to station unless order comes from above.”

But several days later the order never came. By this time, Mr. Meriga’s left testicle had become swollen to the extent he was admitted for five days at the Garaku General Hospital in Nasarawa State. He was in need of urgent surgery as “examination of the testis showed grossly enlarged left hemi scrotum with marked tenderness of contiguous testis”. One medical record stated that an impression of inflammation was “made secondary to direct blow resulting from a beating”.

Regardless, the Chinese company had made it clear the Nigeria Police couldn’t do them anything; after all Mr.  Meriga wouldn’t be the first to receive a ‘Chinese kick to the balls’ and nothing would come out of it.

A year earlier, on February 5, 2010, another of the company’s water tanker drivers, Michael Francis, a casual staff for over a year, had on resumption of duty that morning told Old Soldier the pump of the tanker to be used to wet the ground was faulty. He was asked to manage it.

But later that day, the assistant transport manager, Mr. Lie, better known as ‘Bedebede’, wanted to reduce his daily wage as the ground he had been allotted was not properly wet. His refusal allegedly earned him a kick to the groin. He fainted on the spot and was subsequently hospitalised for over a week at Access Hospital located along Police Barracks Road, Gwagwa, Abuja.

“He held my shirt, slapped and kicked me in the penis when I refused to give my wages card for him to cut some hours from the work I had done that day,” said the 29-year-old. “The pay is N600 a day and we can work from 7am to 5pm. I refused since it wasn’t my fault, because they can cut your money by half, then how much do I have left?”

The company had tried denying having any Chinese staff bearing that name but conceded when Mr. Francis produced a picture of himself and Bedebede taken together on December 16, 2009 at the CCECC yard. But again, the company’s Nigerian personnel manager, Mr. Austin, was involved in sweeping the case under the carpet. Mr. Francis resigned from the company on February 16, 2010 as he couldn’t resume work immediately after he was discharged, as the company had mandated. He was not compensated.

In pains, distraught, and in urgent need of money for his operation, Mr. Meriga in February 2011 took his plight to the Brekete Family Show, a human rights radio magazine talk show, run by Ahmad Isah, who brought him and Mr. Francis on live radio to tell their stories.

“Nigerians are being brutalised by foreigners in our own country. In their country, this can never happen. We reported to the Human Rights Commission, Police, Ministry of Justice, everywhere. What has anyone done to the foreigners or the company? Nothing!” Mr. Isah lamented. “If you see how swollen his testicles were. He couldn’t do anything, he couldn’t wear pant, even to stand was a problem. I had to spend over N350,000 of my own personal money to pay for Meriga’s surgery and hospital bills at the National Hospital, just to save his life. The company did nothing for him. It is pathetic!”

Mr. Meriga petitioned the Commissioner of Police of the FCT Police Command on February 22, 2011, in a case of criminal force and assault. Eight months later, the Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, says investigations are still on.

“The DPO Lugbe handling the case told me the matter has not being charged to court because the complainant went for medical treatment and has not returned for the police to conclude their investigation and charge the person to court,” Mr. Moshood said.

But contrary to Mr. Moshood’s claims, the Police in an unprecedented record time of six days had concluded the case in favour of the Chinese eight months ago, through Chief Superintendent of Police Olufemi Abaniwonda, the Divisional Police Officer of Lugbe Division.

CSP Abaniwonda declared in his report dated February 28 that as a “matter of fact, there is no case to be arraigned in court because no witness to facilitate the prosecution”. But Mr. Meriga had provided several witnesses whom the DPO dismissed as “hostile witnesses” collaborating “to see how they can make false claim on the Chineseman”. He then wrote that Mr. Meriga be warned to “desist in parading himself within the company”.

CSP Abaniwonda further compromised his authority. He had received a letter from the Chinese company on February 28 requesting for his report on the case. Despite being a criminal case with police reports only to be given to courts of law, the DPO in a few hours quickly dispatched a signed copy of the 3-page Police report directly to CCECC’s Managing Director at Plot 215 Cadastral Zone, KM 10, Umaru Yar’Adua Way, Airport Road, Abuja. To please the Chinese, he wrote Mr. Meriga was never kicked in the groin.

The DPO by his actions effectively denied Mr. Meriga his right to seek justice for the assault he acknowledged occurred when he wrote that Old Soldier “slapped the complainant on the face as the complainant alleged”. The content of the Police report further suggests Old Soldier was never interviewed on the incident, as he was never identified by his real name, only described as a suspect named “Mr. Old Soldier”.

A lawyer, Nsikan Robinson, had also voluntarily taken up the case then. His best effort was to write CCECC on February 22, 2011 giving the company seven days to repatriate Old Soldier and Bedebede, pay N10 million compensation to each of his clients, and for the company to bear their medical expenses. Eight months on he says lack of funds and not fear has hindered him from instituting legal action against the company.

Very little has indeed being done in the eight months since Messrs. Meriga and Francis also petitioned the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on February 16, 2011 and the Director General, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria on June 24, 2011.

Only once since July did Mr. Francis say a lady called him from the Legal Aid Council, a government agency which gives free legal aid, promising to call again to give him an appointment. The most the NHRC, which has constitutional powers to prosecute cases of Human Rights abuse, have done is exchange of letters with the Chinese company.

“We demanded a full response from the alleged company. The company’s lawyer wrote back referring us to the police report which rather blamed Meriga than the company,” said Lambert Oparah, the Human Rights Commission spokesperson, who said the commission has being pushing to settle the case by dialogue with all parties.

Phone calls, text and email messages to the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, including Mr. Wang, the embassy’s representative in Lagos State, went unanswered. But the Chinese company through their solicitors, Paul Attayi and Co, categorically dismissed Messrs. Meriga and Francis stories as “gold digging exercises” and told the Human Rights Commission that they should go to court to seek redress.

“Our clients are prepared and determined to frustrate this exercise. Our client is prepared to defend itself against such frivolous and vexation claims with fanatical determination,” said Mr. Attayi while stating that the company “recognises and protects” the rights of all employees as contained in their employment letters.

But employees of the company who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal say their working conditions are greatly abused and the worst in the construction industry. Most workers say they don’t have employment letters and have remained casual labourers for months, some years, thus being denied such benefits as health insurance and pensions.

“If you say you can use a machine or you can drive, they test you. If you pass they give you a form you fill there and return to them before you start work. They don’t give you a copy,” said one labourer. “In 40 people, maybe five are staff, the rest are casual. They keep promising they will staff us. A lot of us are getting injured but because we are not staff, company will not take care of you. Our Nigerians in company management are not helping us. What can we do? To find work is difficult. We just have to accept.”

When Mr. Austin, the company’s personnel manager was contacted on Messrs. Meriga and Francis case, he feigned ignorance of them stating: “I don’t know very well. Actually we have many cases on ground but I can’t recall now. Are they our workers?” On the illegality of the company engaging people on casual labour for extended periods, he quickly said, “that’s where my statement stops”.

A successful surgery was performed on Mr. Meriga’s testicle on July 7. He is still on medication but says he doesn’t take for granted anytime he has an erection. Some months back, his manhood was dysfunctional. His case is one of justice delayed is justice denied as he is losing faith in Nigeria defending the rights of its citizens at home and abroad.

“I don’t think Nigerians can go to China and behave like that and go free. I want Nigeria to follow the law and give me justice,” Mr. Meriga says.

 
 

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We should ALL blame ourselves

We should ALL blame ourselves puhleez. You haven’t seen anything yet. Just Waite, they will soon make ALL of our children to speak and write in Chinese here in Nigeria.

One CCECC manager” Marcho Chin, popularly called old soldier” Oh really? When you translate that into a simple language, you will, to your pleasant surprise discover it is an anagram for a country that make things and are serious people. The USA is having a heck of trouble trying to slow them down.

Facts… they are building your rail roads for you, drilling your crude oil for you, housing for you, refinery, Nigerian markets are filled with made in China products. Translation.., it is our tiger opps time to push for a new world order. We can kick butt too. Game over!!

Fool.

Fool.

Oh did you say the Chinese

Oh did you say the Chinese maltreat Nigerians. Uhm! What a shame. He knew that nothing will happen to him even if the case got reported to the highest authority in the land. I only have we Nigerians to blame because we voted in people who will do not value their citizen. Even if this get to the President, I'm sure he will tell the Chinese not to mind his people.

This is why Nigerians need to rise up and chase out these looters in politics.

SHAME OF A NATION

IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT SUCH

IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT SUCH IS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY.I WANT TO ACTUALLY KNOW IF THIS JOURNALIST PASSED HIS ENGLISH LANGUAGE.HE WROTE THE EXPERT BASED ON HIS NATIVE DIALECT. IT IS NOT EXPAT RATHER EXPERT.

Oyibo Korah

Nigerians should know that Asians, Arabs, South Americans and North Africans are what those of us in the diaspora refer to as "fake Oyibo". We're all in the same boat as far as caucasians are concerned, thus killed in numbers by the skinheads. After the Berlin wall fell, skins trooped in from the former East Germany to start shit. We bought guns from corrupt Russian soldiers and returned fire-for-fire. Casualties mounted on both sides and the German government quickly outlawed parades for Hitler's birthday and other notorious birthdays.

If 150million Nigerians cannot grab and twist a few chinco necks in their own farmland, na dem sabi. The man should stop wasting his time with Nigerian judiciary or any organization and "mobilise" to kidnap and kill a few reds from that company, others will buckle up. Same goes for the Lebanese and garlic Indians, we have other problems to worry about. Enough Is Enough, to echo Abacha.

Enough is Enough!

if the cowards that empower these chinos to enslaved and batter their Nigerian employee, don't call them to order and set an example with one of them. Nigerians will one day soon take the law into their hands, and both the authorities and the fake chinos "go hear am" Enough is Enough. after all they are not better educated and experinces than us, only just because we don't appreciate our own talents

Good Riddance

If care is not taken.lot more citizens of other countries(Africans inclusive) are coming to get us roasted for peper soup.Why ?because our rulers have already sold us for peanuts. Unfortunately enough, Nigerians are yet to realize that.We need to hold our rulers responsible for this political,social and economic mess.

Nigerians dont waist time,

Nigerians dont waist time, get a gun and gun one or two of them down period. If not they would never stop the maltreatment of Nigerians workers. White in America can never maltreat any black any how because they know what is going happen to them. No white mess around with blacks. He would surelly gun down. This is the only solution.

9ja.........

naija is in deep shit and sumbody is saying naija is beeter dan US. It is a pity in our own land.God help us

beat them very well

My guy gather people and beat the love of satan out of these chinese rats

Expats' Bashing of Nigerians

A few years ago, a Julius Berger expat renovating the NAS building battered a Nigerian into the hospital, right under the noses of our lawmakers! Now its the fish-eyed Chin-Chin turning Nigerian's balls into the real football. Smelly Indians commit even worse atrocities against their hosts, and through all this, our government does nothing. Absolutely nothing. Why not, when armed policemen escort and hold the umbrella for them while he (police slave) bakes in the sun. A country where nothing was done even after a widely published video rape of a young woman. Why won't the fake oyinbo kick his balls out? Nigerians are like the Jews in Biblical Egypt, Slaves. We need a Moses!

Spread the Word

Nigerians only show their ability to fight against other Nigerians. No Nigerian in Nigeria needs any REASON or EXCUSE to beat up a MISBEHAVING Chinese or any foreigner in Nigeria. If one person cannot fight back alone, get some friends to help out. It will take ONLY one incident of Nigerians beating up any such Chinese to send a message to all foreigners that Nigerians will not tolerate the humiliation. Nigerians need to make a choice between their human dignity and the peanuts they get paid by any foreigner running any company in Nigeria. I have heard depressing statements of helplessness and seen Nigerians stoop to such low levels in order to make a living under all manner of people.

Nigerians, stop being mugus and strike back at any foreigner who even attempts to treat you as a second class citizen in Nigeria. Nigerians can fight each other but should find common grounds to kick any Chinese or Oyibo who kicks them in the groin twice as hard.

Mr Meriga. One advice,: get

Mr Meriga. One advice,: get some boys from your village and let them beat the hell out of this stupid chinese man. Never waste ur time with nigerian police

@Keme

I had wanted to make comments until I read your, you spoke my mind nothing to add, honestly.

NIGERIA IS THE MOST FOOLISH OF ALL NATIONS!

I weep for you brother! Wat you should have done was to beat madness out of that ugly red skinned barbaric animal! Also i donot blame u cos u might not av another source of income in this terrible economy of ours moreso the company can decide to file a sue against you. When shall we all stop being fools? wat pains me about boko haram is that their actions are affecting innocent citizens otherwise i would have supported them to blow up aso rock. yes! aso rock. the government is not useful, in power, economy, roads and most of all human rights in our own fucking father's land! its just a pretty mess... With passion and grieve i hate nigerian govt and police the most. still crying... when will our saviour come???

Lord of mercy!

 DISGURSTING! Pathetic! For crying out loud! what wouldn't a nigerian policeman do for 20Naira. I thought the ''Missionaries and Explorers'' already left Nigeria.

Human rights is only applicable in Nigeria...

I am not necessarily justifying the acts of Chinese on Nigerians. Have any of you ever paused to question why our leaders treat us the way they do in misappropriating our resources for their families.

Which is worse, Physical abuse by the Chinese or material and emotional abuse by our leaders?

My answer is that none is right. We have degraded our lives and institutions to a point where human right is only applicable in Nigeria, when you have the position or wealth to enforce it.

We have to apply "the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

SLAVES IN THEIR LAND

Nigerians are slaves in their our
country to foreigners. We have a
Govt that will never protect the
Right of her people. They rule over
You in their land and rule over you
In your land. We compromise our right
At the sight of a naira note. The
Same reason our leaders cannot avoid
Corruption, they feel inferior at the
Sight of anything lighter in colour
Than black. They want to legalise
Prostitution because other contries
They consider developed have done it
But they will not make corruption
Illegal because it is illegal in
Developed country or resign for any
Mention of it as happens in other
Countries.

Chincoooooooooooooooooooooooo

Chincoooooooooooooooooooooooooooleeeeeeeeeeeeee may GOD almighty safe Naija from the hands of chinco people, they are worst than the people of third world in commiting evil against fellow human, thank your GOD they did not use you guys for peper soup

This is a goddamn hoax pure

This is a goddamn hoax pure and simple. This article was dictated by some greedy Western seeking to tarnish the good work that China is doing in Nigeria. Sahara Reporters is a punk news outlet that publishes gibberish after a healthy dose of bribe. Shame on you Sahara Reporters. You already have your key to an apartment in hell. Hope you burn there.

Hit them back simple

Its obvious we dont have leaders, we only have armed robbers at the sit of power looting our resourses..time will tell how far this country can go with all these mess. my message to the nigerians who work for these animals is that,..they should wake up from their slumber..when they hit u, hit them back, and make sure u hit them hard..kilode, kuro nile mi is not kuro laye mi as yorubas will say.

That would hav hastened his ordeal

If the had challenged him like u rightly explained, his ordeal would have been hastened as that guy couldnt have hesitated to kick his testice. Maybe that one would hav been worst as no medical doctor's knife no matter how sharp would hav bn able to correct it. The fact remains that this country is under a severe sierge, and satan is one directly in Control.

Labor

Where the hell is the labor boss, minister whatever , how can these rice eating fools come and abuse Nigerian citizen while they are doing sub-standard work for billions of naira and get away with it.These fools need to be checked and forced to obey our labor laws .f-cking parasites think they can get away with anything.

Why Not?

Respect is what you earn. Nigeria and Nigerians as a whole have lost the respect of the world. Stop complaining. The simple question is: Do we respect ourselves or each other. Does our government care for the common Nigerian? Where is the government in our lives? Do we really know our rights or do we as citizens of Nigeria have rights? The Chinese are simply treating us the way they see and assess us. Is our government qualified to be called “Big Brother” as it is called in countries that care for their citizens? We all know that animal kingdoms are more organized than humans in Nigeria.

I can recall oceanic bakeries

I can recall oceanic bakeries on adetokumbo ademola
Wuse 2 some 5 years back. On a sunday. The boss of the bakery put two of his female staff in the bread oven and dey wer suffocating and begging for water until a big man in govt (caant figure who) bt apparently he had some muscle,asked his driver to go and get d police to pick the chinese up. When the gurls got out they were sweatin pprofusely, I culdnt beliv my eyes.. What!! In ur own country??? Choi!!

He shld just go to the police

He shld just go to the police and file a complaint that he was assaulted and battered by his chinese oga...then take it from there...d human rights commission no go do anything legally...wht is needed is for him to be prosecuted in court for a crime...

Do not mind the "Yeye"

Do not mind the "Yeye" Legislathieves. Instead of taking a matter that borders on national pride such as this, it is how to legalise "asewo" and how to kick out Siasia they would be debating about.

ARE NIGERIANS HUMAN BEINGS AT ALL?

When I first saw that picture of the Police officer and the Chinese man about two years ago, I was really dumbfounded. Don't know what to make of it. If Goodluck Jonathan goes to China today, the poorest Chinese man, let alone a Chinese Police officer will hold an umbrella over his head. NEVER!
But in reality folks, our government and the people themselves are to be blamed. A Chinese man kick your ass because he pays your salary and you dey look like donkey? There should be a limit to our tolerance! Have you no hands or legs to retaliate?
Let the Nigeria ambassador to China talk disrespectfully to any Chinese in China, he will be disciplined if not recalled. And if he dare assaults a Chinese, he will be arrested and locked up.

Ill-treatment in a man's land

If the system won't help you, hunt down this bastard skill him with a blunt knife, period.

THIS IS HARAM.

 We as black men suffer world over for being black and most of these bastards think we are struggling to survive hence they treat us anyhow but we ignore all that especially when we are outside Nigeria.

In Nigeria, we are in our habitat, our country and our own birth place and no Nigerian,in Nigeria especially, should be treated like the man above. There is no point reporting to the police. The chinese man that perpetuated this atrocity should be made to pay at least 2 million Naira to the injured man and deported soon after that.

This matter should be a National issue discussed in the senate and house of representatives for if a Nigerian was to behave in this manner, in China or any foreign country, he will be dead by now.