The Abia State Police Command has initiated an investigation into the death of Vivian Ocheze Munachi, a female crane operator at the Chinese-owned Inner Galaxy Steel Company Nigeria Limited in Aba. Police Public Relations Officer Moureen Chinaka confirmed the investigation to Vanguard in Umuahia, stating that the incident involving Mr. GZ ZHEN’s alleged actions leading to Munachi’s death is under scrutiny.

Governor Alex Otti emphasized that anyone found culpable would face justice. Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ferdinand Ekeoma, the Governor assured that the State Government is also investigating the matter and will not tolerate any injustice against the deceased. He pledged the government’s commitment to defending the rights of every Abian and ensuring justice for Munachi.

Inner Galaxy Steel Company has denied allegations circulating on social media that a Chinese staff member was involved in Munachi’s death. The company stated that the incident occurred on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, when Munachi reportedly fell asleep while operating a crane, resulting in her fatal fall.

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The company’s Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Ceng Jing, expressed condolences to Munachi’s family, friends, and colleagues, and condemned the misinformation spreading false claims of a Chinese staff member pushing her. Jing asserted that eyewitness accounts from other Nigerian workers confirmed Munachi fell asleep and lost control of the crane. He also refuted rumors of any inappropriate relationship between a Chinese staff member and Munachi.

Jing lamented that the false allegations led to violence, with some individuals vandalizing and looting the company’s property, including the warehouse, production line, and vehicles. He urged the public to remain calm and allow law enforcement to complete their investigation.

Inner Galaxy Steel Company reiterated its commitment to employee safety and promised full cooperation with the police investigation. The company also pledged to support and compensate Munachi’s family, acknowledging the significant impact of her loss.

Attempts to reach the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu, were unsuccessful as he was reported to be out of the country.