For daring to work in Nigeria without proper documentation, Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service, on Thursday, arrested two staff of Dresser-Rand Limited, a subsidiary of Siemens, a German multinational telecommunications company.
Messrs Douduo Sar and Lemuedo Neto, were arrested on the orders of the Controller, Rivers State Command, I. A. Haliru.
Both men were arrested at Novotel Hotel, along Stadium Road, and detained at the immigration headquarters, at the federal secretariat, along Aba Road. While Sar is from Senegal, Neto is from Angola.
Sar and Neto were drafted to Nigeria by Siemens to coordinate the termination of the appointment of over 70 per cent of Nigerian workers, most of whom have been working with Dresser-Rand for over ten (10) years.
Mr. Daniel Taylor, another expatriate, a Briton, who has been invited by the immigration service to appear before it in the office is said to be making moves to evade arrest while arrangements are being made for him by some staff of Dresser-Rand Limited, to sneak out of the country this weekend.
Barrister Soalabo West, counsel to the Nigerian workers whose appointment are on the verge of being summarily terminated, was seen at the office of the controller, yesterday, morning.
He confirmed the arrest of Messrs Sar and Neto by the immigration service when he briefed the press on the matter.
It was learnt that Dresser-Rand, a Siemens subsidiary involved in oil and gas servicing, has a reputation for violating expatriate quota and local content laws. A source stated that about 10 expatriates working with Dresser-Rand in Nigeria are doing so without the required legal documentation.
Barrister West who thanked the controller for his prompt intervention in the matter, called upon officers of the immigration service “to rid Nigeria of all foreigners working illegally in the country and ensure that justice is done regarding all companies that are violating the nations expatriate quota and local content laws”.
Some of the workers of the company also called on the National Assembly to prohibit foreign companies from maltreating Nigerians and a certain fine be placed to check the violation of such laws when finally put in place.
Several Nigerians have suffered various degrees of injuries in some foreign firms without proper insurance put in place for their welfare in event of such industrial accidents. Some of them got their fingers chopped off while many more have been exposed to death.