Residents of Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos Mainland, were thrown into a state of disbelief on Monday, November 13, 2017, after witnessing one Mrs. Motunrayo Ayadi brutally slit open the head of her 13-year-old maid, Deborah Matthew.
The incident was said to have occurred after Motunrayo discovered that her gold jewelry worth N500,000 had gone missing on Saturday, November 11, 2017, and after much questioning and treats from Motunrayo, Deborah later confessed to the crime, stating that she hid it in an uncompleted building.
Other residents who claimed to have witnessed the occurrence, reported that Moturayo pushed her maid, Deborah from the two-storey building where they reside and luckily sympathizers were quick to rush Deborah to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.
Some angry residents in protest, however, were charged to set Moturanyo’s residence ablaze but were stopped by the intervention of police operatives from the Ijeshatedo division.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the incident, stating that, “this is a case of assault and wounding”.
He also debunked the claims that Deborah was not thrown from a two-storey building, but stated that she sustained deep injuries from the beating she received from Motunrayo and that she currently undergoing treatment in LASUTH.
The Director, Lagos state Office of the Public Defender, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, has stated that the Lagos State government would continue to sternly prosecute cases of child abuse in the state, reiterating that there is zero tolerance for child abuse in Lagos State.