A woman identified as Esther Bello, has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for brutalising her housemaid, identified simply as Titi, in Akinsanmi Street, Obanikoro Estate, Lagos State.
Bello reportedly slashed the victim’s hand with a broken plate and refused to explain to neighbours the reason behind such inhumane attitude.
Some neighbours alerted the police officials from the Pedro division but on arrival, Bello told them that the 13-year-old victim had travelled with a friend to the Ikorodu area of the state.
The young girl who hails from Cotonou, Benin Republic, was reportedly locked up by the woman but was rescued by policemen on Thursday, September 24, 2015.
However, after the police returned with a search warrant, they combed the house before the maid was found bleeding in one of the rooms in the house, Punch reports.
Bello was thereafter arrested, while the maid was rushed to a hospital for treatment.
One of the neighbours, who gave his name as Titus Edgar, said, “We did not sleep early on Wednesday; we were still outside in a bar in the area till 2am. At about 1.30am, we saw the maid run out of the house, while blood was streaming from her hand.
“We observed that the hand was cut deep in three places, and the girl told us that her boss had threatened to kill her if she raised the alarm. When the woman came later, we asked her what was the matter, but she refused to say anything.
“By morning, some of us went back to the house to check what had become of the girl. When we got to the house, the girl was still bleeding and mopping the floor.
“We felt this was unfair and that was when we went to report to the police. When the police arrived, she told them that the girl had run out and was in Ikorodu.
“That was when we began to comb her house before discovering the maid.”