Woman totured Maid OverMinor issue

Police in Lagos have arrested a woman for allegedly bathing her maid

with hot water over a missing cell phone.

As at yesterday, the victim, Patricia Andrew, was undergoing treatment

at Holy Family Hospital at 22 Road, Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin area of


Vanguard gathered that the victim usually assisted the suspect, Mrs

Franca Uba, in her shop located at ASPANDA Market along Lagos-Badagry

Expressway, after finishing with her chores at the house in Festac


Trouble started for the 18-year-old maid last Friday, following the

disappearance of her madam's phone in the shop. Attributing the loss

to the maid's negligence, the suspect was said to have beaten her on

arriving home and then poured hot water on her.

On her way to the shop last Monday, neighbours noticed her burnt skin

and demanded to know what happened.

One of them, who spoke with Vanguard, said: "She told us that her

madam poured hot water on her last Friday. We were angry because she

said she was not taken to the hospital.

"As she was leaving for the market she was crying. We had to report to

policemen at Festac, who subsequently arrested Mrs Uba and took the

girl to the hospital."

Preliminary investigation showed that the Imo State-born suspect, took

the teenager from her uncle.

Speaking with Vanguard from her hospital bed, the victim explained:

"She did not tell me anything while at the shop.

But immediately I got home, she started beating me. "She dragged me

into the bathroom, poured an antiseptic liquid into my eyes. While I

was battling with the pains, she poured hot water on my face."

She further lifted her skirt to reveal a scar which she said was

caused by her madam. According to the maid, "I have been bearing all

the pains and beatings because I have nowhere to go to.

During one of the beatings, she put a hot plate on the fire and placed

in on my lap. "She left it there for a long time, which caused me to

pass out. My offence was that I took N100 from her purse to buy food

as I was hungry." Police sources hinted that the woman would be

charged to court.

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