Remember the Nigerian whose Chinese boss sent to the emergency unit from a Kung Fu kick and who was left to fend for himself?
Well, respite has come to him as the company, Bedmate Funiture Company, has made a compensation to the tune of N3 million for all his troubles.
The curtain finally draws on this interesting story. Bedmate Furniture Company worker, William Ekanem landed in hospital after his Chinese employer identified as Master Wan caused him a spinal cord injury with one kick.
On the day of the incident, Master Wan demanded to see a package Ekanem was carrying. The bag which contained rice Ekanem had bought from a local food vendor on the premises was forcefully taken by Wan, who went ahead to search the package.
A little altercation resulted thereafter and a resulting kick left Ekanem sprawled on the floor sill pinned down by said Master Wan.
He was pulled away from the grip of his boss by other colleagues and a visit to the hospital confirmed he had sustained some injuries to his spinal cord. Doctors who were handling the case said the injury was not serious but required a month of physiotherapy to correct the damage done.
The company, who claimed Ekanem was a petty thief and faking the injury, made no efforts to cover any of his medical expenses and caused Ekanem to hire a lawyer to sue the company to the tune of N50 million.
The intervention of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment changed the dynamics of the incident as a meeting had been scheduled for June 29 between both parties, sources said.
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“A cheque has been issued in Ekanem’s name. With the development, the lawyer called the ministry to call off the meeting, which would no longer be necessary.”
Reports say the victim’s lawyer, Emeruwa, and the company’s lawyer, Durojaiye, in separate telephone conversations confirmed the development, saying the matter had been resolved.
“A Zenith Bank cheque was issued to Ekanem. We are about to open an account for him in the bank. The money will be judiciously spent”, the victim’s lawyer said.
Is this hush money really? While we are happy that Ekanem will get better medical help and have some change(a lot of change actually ) left, what has the company done to prevent further incidents like this one?
For all we know, this came to light because it got into the vortex that the online world is today.
Who knows what more happens backstage?
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