Marwako assault case: Assailant before court

Jihad Chaaban, the supect

Jihad Chaaban, the supect

The Lebanese supervisor at Marwako Restaurant at Abelemkpe in Accra, who allegedly assaulted a 25-year-old female Ghanaian waitress, is expected to appear before an Accra magistrate court today.
The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Afia Tenge, confirmed to The Ghanaian Times that the police received the complaint from the victim on February 28, 2017, and immediately arrested the assailant.

She said Jihad Chaaban, 26, the supervisor, was earlier put before an Accra magistrate court on Tuesday, but the court could not sit to hear the case.

ASP Tenge said the case had, therefore, been rescheduled for today.
It was recalled that on February 26, the victim, Evelyn Boakye, was allegedly assaulted by Chabaan for fidgeting with a blender and working slowly.

Chaaban, a brother-in-law of the owner of the restaurant, was reported to have angrily grabbed the neck of the victim and dipped her face into blended pepper, which he had poured onto a table.

The victim, Evelyn Boakye, whose face was allegedly dipped in the blended pepper for more than 10 minutes, while Chaaban squeezed her neck and yelled abusive words on her had to cry for help as she pleaded with Chaaban to let her go.

Evelyn, who has been working at the La branch of the restaurant in Accra for the past eight months, said although she had been employed to work in the Rice Department, she was occasionally asked to help at other departments, when more hands were needed.

There had been public outcry over the incident, and the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Afisa Otiko Djaba, had condemned the act and promised justice for the victim.
She said the ministry in collaboration with the appropriate security agencies is putting in place the necessary measures to address the issue.

The minister has urged Ghanaians to exercise moderation in their bid to seek justice for Ms Evelyn, lauding them for their concern.

“Ghanaians should be rest assured that necessary measures are being put in place to address the issue,” she said.

Human rights activists are also collecting signatories for an online petition calling on President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo–Addo to clamp down on foreign national, who abuse Ghanaian employees.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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