While Nigerians in South Africa are protesting because of what they termed the continuous killing of Nigerians by the South African police, reports have emerged that three South African employees of Sun International were detained in Nigeria for days without being charged for any wrongdoing.
Don’t get it twisted, both incident are unrelated albeit the happenings have left many wondering why both nations are seemingly on each-others’ neck when they ought to be strongly bound together to champion the economic development of the African continent.
An EWN report related that Sun International told them that four of its workers which include three South Africans are being detained by the Nigerian authorities. As gathered, the hotel group related that the employees who were arrested by the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) of Nigeria have been in their custody since last Thursday without being formally charged for any wrongdoing.
Michael Farr from Sun International was quoted to have said; “we are concentrating all our efforts into what is of immediate concern to us and that is our employees who are looking to enter a fifth night in prison without being charged for any wrongdoing.”
While officials of the hotel group deduced that the detention could be related to labor action, it was speculated that it could as well be linked to a dispute that involved shareholders of some tourist company in Nigeria.
The employees where however freed late last night. Confirming this, Sun International issued a statement today where it stated that the organization has secured the release of their “four employees late last night, who had been detained without charge in Nigeria by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since Thursday 21 January.”
It further stated that;
The EFCC still wishes to investigate the nature of Sun International’s original investment into the Tourist Company of Nigeria (“TCN”) as well as TCN’s trading records and has requested that TCN provide them with information and documentation. Sun International has no difficulty with this request and intends to work with TCN to collate and provide to the required information to the EFCC. Sun International said it was extremely grateful to the various South African government authorities that were swift to react and assist in obtaining the release of the detainees, in particular the SA High Commission in Nigeria.