Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, Limited has said that contrary to insinuations, one of its casual staff who allegedly died from electric shock while on duty during the week actually died on the way to a health centre.
The NBC was reacting to a protest by angry youths who on Thursday morning made bonfires of used tyres at the entrance to its Eyaen Plant near Benin City, alleging that the worker in question died under mysterious circumstances.
Carrying placards with various unprintable inscriptions the protesters had threatened to shut down the plant before armed men of the Nigerian Police Force saved the day.
A friend of the deceased, said, “they just took the boy to hospital without calling the family to report the accident. He died of electric shock and he has been saying that there is electric shock in the place he works but that the Oga has refused to listen”.
However, the NBC has confirmed what it called, “the unfortunate death of our termed employee on Wednesday, May 27, 2014 on the way to the hospital, after a reported seizure while at work in our production site in Benin, Edo State”.
Expressing “Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with the family of the deceased as we pray for the repose of the departed soul”, the firm said it has, “informed the relevant authorities of the incident and an investigation as to the cause has commenced”.

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