Minister seeks justice for Marwako assault victim

Evelyn Boakye,the victim

Evelyn Boakye,the victim

Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Afisa Otiko Djaba, has promised justice will be served 25-year-old Ghanaian waitress, allegedly assaulted by her Lebanese supervisor in Accra.

She said the ministry in collaboration with the appropriate security agencies is putting in place the necessary measures to address the issue.

Writing on her Facebook wall Monday, the Minister said, “Justice will surely come to play”, following reports that a Lebanese, Jihad Chaaban, smeared pepper on the face of the Ghanaian worker.

Jihad Thaaban, 26, a brother-in-law of the owner of Marwako Restaurant in Accra, is reported to have dipped the face of Evelyn Boakye into blended pepper, for working slowly on February 26.

Thaaban is said to have held the lady’s face in the pepper for more than 10 minutes, while he squeezed her neck amidst abusive words.

Social media has been awash with outrage with sections of Ghanaians calling for a boycott of the restaurant.

Human right activists are also collecting signatories for an online petition, calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to clamp down on foreign nationals who abuse Ghanaian employees.

Mr Thaaban was arrested by the Accra Police on March 4 and granted police inquiry bail pending further investigations.

The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Afia Tenge, confirmed that the police received the complaint from the victim on February 28, 2017, and immediately arrested the assailant.

Otiko Djaba has entreated 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.

 

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