By Angela Okpe & Nnenna Ogwugua
LAGOS—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 Lagos.
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 Town.
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.