Police in Accra have arrested, Jihad Thaabn, a supervisor of Marwako Restaurant in Accra who assaulted an employee of the company by grabbing her neck and dipping her face into raw pepper.
The face of the victim, Evelyn Boakye, was allegedly rubbed in the blended pepper for more than 10 minutes by Thaabn squeezed her neck and yelled abusive words at her, according multiple media sources.
Evelyn told the Daily Graphic that although she had been employed to work in the rice department, she was occasionally asked to help in other departments when more hands were needed.
She said that was the case on Sunday, February 26, 2017, when she was asked to help in the full chicken department.
She said she was instructed to blend fresh pepper for the seasoning of chicken.
After blending the first set, Evelyn, said she realised that the sound of the blender was not normal and decided to find out what the problem could be by turning off the start knob.
This is said to have angered the supervisor who subjected her to horrific treatment, despite her pleas for him to stop.
According to the Daily Graphic report, three employees who were present as Evelyn was being maltreated, looked on helplessly due to threats from the supervisor to dismiss anyone who came close.
The development has sparked a firestorm of controversy and outrage, with thousands of Ghanaians threatening to boycott Marwako Restaurant.
The hashtag #BoycottMarwako was trending wildly on social media as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the restaurant has issued a statement, saying that it would cooperate with the police in its investigation.
"Management assures its clients and the general public that it does not and will never condone mistreatment of its workers and therefore condemns in no uncertain terms the alleged assault.
Management is cooperating fully with and assisting police to establish the true facts for the purposes of allowing the laws of Ghana to be applied accordingly," the statement read.
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