Po­lice res­cue girl locked up in toi­let by her boss

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THEMETROSECTION - By Odita Sun­day

OP­ER­A­TIVES of the gen­der squad of the La­gos State po­lice com­mand at the week­end res­cued a 14-year-old house­maid who was locked up in a toi­let in an apart­ment at Baruwa es­tate, Ipaja.

It was gath­ered that the girl was locked up in a small toi­let by her boss, one Ma­bel Okechukwu, be­fore she left for church on Sun­day. A neigh­bour who could not bear the tor­ture in­flicted on the girl by her boss was the one who called in the po­lice.

A po­lice source said the sus­pect, Ma­bel, was ar­rested af­ter the tip-off. The La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Imo­himi Ed­gal, who briefed the me­dia on the is­sue yes­ter­day, said based on the in­for­ma­tion, po­lice­men from Ipaja Po­lice Sta­tion raced to the scene.

Ed­gal said: “The ar­rest took place af­ter a com­plaint made by a con­cerned neigh­bour on Novem­ber 4, at about 1:30p.m. and this made the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer of Ipaja Di­vi­sion to visit the house at Baruwa es­tate. On ar­rival they met the en­trance locked prompt­ing them to forced the door open to res­cue the vic­tim.

“The child nar­rated her or­deal since she started liv­ing with the sus­pect. On a close ex­am­i­na­tion by the com­mand’s gen­der per­son­nel, wounds were seen all over the vic­tim’s body.”

The sus­pect, how­ever, pleaded not guilty. In her de­fense, she said the child is not her maid, but an in-law to her, adding that the vic­tim had been stay­ing with her for over six months.

“The child at­tends the same school with my chil­dren and I will never do any­thing to hurt her.

I only pun­ished her by lock­ing her up be­cause she feels re­luc­tant to go to church any­time we are pre­par­ing for ser­vice. I have no in­ten­tion to hurt her,” she said.

The po­lice boss, how­ever, said the sus­pect would be charged to court im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is over.

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