Aggrieved casual workers of a Chinese firm in the Ogun, Guangdong Free Trade Zone, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, have set ablaze one of the company’s vehicles and destroyed two other vehicles.
The workers reportedly protested against the company’s decision to lock them within the premises.
It was gathered that the decision to lock them up within the premises was part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to obey the order of the two-week extension of the lockdown order by the government.
The protesters in a video circulated on the social media were heard saying, “no more management. This management should have sorted this since yesterday. Pay us at least two-two month salary.”
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the incident had happened three days back.
Oyeyemi said there was no fight in the area, adding that it was just a protest without loss of life.
He said, “It happened two, three days ago. The Chinese firm locked their casual workers inside the company since the beginning of the lockdown.
“The workers were now clamouring that they wanted to go home, demanding that the management of the company should pay them off. That was what actually sparked off the protest.”
The PPRO added, “They set ablaze the company’s vehicle, but not completely burnt. They also destroyed windscreen of two vehicles.”
“The police have intervened in the matter and the management of the Chinese company has paid them off. The workers have all gone to their houses.”