The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a trader, Esther Bello, at the Obanikoro area of the State, for allegedly stabbing her house help with a broken bottle, according to Punch Metro.
Residents, who saw Titi running out of her madam’s house with a bleeding hand, were said to have alerted policemen from the Pedro station on the development.
After rushing to some neighbours for help, the 13-year-old explained that her madam, Esther, inflicted three deep cuts on her and threatened to kill her if she raised any alarm.
According to one of the neighbours who witnessed the incident, at about 1:30 am on Wednesday, the maid ran out of the house with a bleeding hand and told them she had been cut by Esther with a broken bottle. Concerned neighbours confronted Esther and asked her why she allegedly cut Titi with a broken bottle but Esther ignored them and ordered Titi to return to the house. Then at about 7am, the neighbours went back to the house to check on Titi to see how she was faring only to see her doing domestic work with the injured hand that hadn’t been treated.
However, when the Police got to the apartment, Esther lied, claiming that the maid had traveled to the Ikorodu area with a friend. The police who were not convinced, were said to have returned with a search warrant, raided the house and found the maid bleeding in a locked room in the house.
Esther was subsequently arrested for child abuse.
Some officials of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team reportedly went to the police station, and took charge of the welfare of the girl.