A Lagos State-based businesswoman is in serious trouble after she beat up her maid and threw her off the second floor of her building over theft allegation.
Punch reports that the incident happened at the woman's residence in the Ijeshatedo, Surulere area of the state when Ayadi, after beating the girl identified as Deborah Mathew to stupor, threw her off the building, causing her severe head injuries.
Angry residents who got to know of the incident were said to have surrounded the house and were about to set it ablaze when policemen from the Ijesha Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer [DPO], managed to rescue her.
The suspect was said to have been arrested and detained at the station while the young victim was rushed to a general hospital for medical attention.
The ugly incident, it was gathered, happened when Ayadi accused Mathew of stealing her gold jewelry on Saturday, November 11, 2017, and insisted that the girl must confess to the theft.
It was learned that when Ayadi began beating the girl, she allegedly owned up to stealing the item, saying she kept it in an uncompleted building.
A neighbour who narrated the incident to journalists, said when the woman went to the building where the jewelry was reportedly kept, it was nowhere to be found.
“She said the value of the jewelry was about N500,000. 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,” the neighbour said.
A Facebook user, Francesca Joseph-Esenwa, who posted a graphic video of the victim, claimed that Ayadi actually threw her from the second floor of her house after beating her mercilessly.
This is what Joseph-Esenwa 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?”
The State Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole who confirmed the incident, said the young maid was rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
“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.”
It was also gathered that the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender [OPD] had already waded into the matter and will make sure that Ayadi is prosecuted as the state government has a zero tolerance to child abuse in any form.