14 November 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
There was pandemonium as tempers flared after a woman identified as Motunrayo Ayadi reportedly broke the head of her 13-year-old maid, Deborah Matthew, for alleged theft in Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos State.
The timely intervention of policemen from the Ijesha division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, saved the sexagenarian from the angry residents who surrounded her house and were about to set it ablaze.
It was learnt that the suspect had been arrested and detained at the station, while the maid, Matthew, was rushed to a general hospital for medical attention.
Ayadi and Matthew, it was also gathered, had been living together at the house for sometime before the woman discovered that her gold jewelry was missing on Saturday, 11 November. Upon the discovery, the suspect queried the teenager about the jewelry and she allegedly owned up, saying she kept the item in an uncompleted building.
According to a source, when the woman went to the building where the jewelry was kept, she didn’t find it. The source, who pleaded anonymity, said, “She said the value of the jewelry was about N 500,000. When she couldn’t find it, she became angry and descended on the girl. She beat her up with an object till she broke her head. That was what residents saw and they became angry. They wanted to burn down her house. The DPO and his team were on patrol when they came across the scene and rescued her from the mob.”
However, a Facebook user who posted a graphic video of the victim claimed that she fell from the “second floor” of the house during the assault.
The Facebook user wrote, “She was thrown from the second floor by her madam; deep lacerations and contours. Terrible! What can be done please? Just tired of this madness.”
While confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said that the victim was rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja.
His words, “It is a case of assault and wounding. The girl was accused of theft and she was assaulted by the guardian. She fell and sustained injuries; we took her to LASUTH where she was X – rayed for internal injuries. She is under observation and the matter is under investigation.”
However, the PPRO denied the report that Matthew was thrown down from the building.
Cerebral Lemon also learnt that the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender had already gotten involved in the matter. Mrs. Olubukola Salami, the Director of OPD, said the government would continue to prosecute cases of child abuse in the state.
In her words, “The Lagos State Government has zero tolerance for child abuse. We will not condone it irrespective of the position of who is involved. We urge residents to be vigilant and report all forms of child abuse in their community. We have asked the police to prosecute the case without any delay.”