The Lagos State police Command says that a lady identified as Nkechinyere Nwajagu, has been arrested for unlawfully imprisoning her housemaid, Precious Nwafor, in her apartment.
It was learnt that the 11-year-old girl was locked up by her employer and travelled to his village to spend the Christmas holiday.
Police investigation revealed that after Nwajagu locked up the girl and travelled to her village in Ajali, Orumba Local Government Area of Anambra state, a neighbour was said to have informed the police about the crime.
It was gathered that Precious lived with her employer at 12 Baderin Street, Mafoluku area of Oshodi, where she was imprisoned in a horrible and poorly ventilated room without food.
Following the information made available to the police by the culprit’s neighbour, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal mandated his men to forcefully remove the iron bars on the windows before the girl could be rescued.
Before the girl was employed, it was learnt that she was promised good and juicy working environment but Nwajagu was said to have reneged on the promise but rather has been treating the girl like an outcast.
After declaring her wanted, Nwajagu on Friday reported herself to the Makinde Police Station, Oshodi before she was handed over to the Human Rights Section of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja while the victim, Precious, was also handed over to the Social Welfare Department of the Lagos State Government.
Explaining her role in the detention of the girl, Nwajagu said her elder sister actually brought the girl to stay with her but had no choice to lock her in the house anytime she was going to work until she comes back while the sister travelled home for Christmas.
As a result, Nwajagu has been charged to court for child abuse and unlawful detention.
CP Edgal, however warned that the law would not be lenient with anyone that runs contrary to the laws of the land noting that the police will not fail to prosecute such individual.