The ongoing case of a driver who stole N14 million (€20,000) in Edo state has questioned the level of security in Nigeria when dealing with domestic workers. This is a result of the increasing rate of theft by some domestic workers, which has smouldered the industry with bad publicity.
Apart from the increase in loss of properties, there are also cases of child maltreatment and molestation, exposure of homes to criminals and poisoning of employers. Though government bodies in charge of security have been able to bring some of the criminally minded domestic workers to justice, some are still incommunicado.
One such case is the incident of a driver in Edo state Happy Eweresa who cart away £20,000. According to Mr. Arhumwunda Osabuohien, who reported the case to the police, the driver disappeared foreign currency worth N14 million. This led to his petition to the state police.
He said, “on 24th day of September 2022 at about 12pm, I gave the house keys to our driver, Happy Eweresa, to go and put off the borehole in the because I forgot to put it off in the morning at about 7.45 am when I rushed to work. On September 26, 2022, at about 5 am, I was surprised to discover that the money valued at €20,000 given to me by my sister to keep in the house was stolen.
And the person suspected to have stolen the money is the driver, Happy Eweresa. Since Monday, September 26, Happy suddenly disappeared into thin air, and he has not been picking up calls made to him. Presently, his phone is switched off”. Despite the ongoing investigation, Happy Eweresa’s driver is still incommunicado.
A similar case occurred in Lagos in January 2022. A domestic worker identified as Blessing from Cross River allegedly made away with cash and jewellery valued at over N13.9m from her boss’ residence in Victoria Island, Lagos State.
According to the employer, the incident happened a week after Blessing started working with her. She said, “When I returned from the party, I entered the compound and called my dad to open the door. But when he came down to open it, he said the door was not locked. My dad quickly searched Blessing’s room and said she had packed all her things and fled.
The security guard said he didn’t see her leaving. I knew I had locked my room, but I was surprised to see the door open. I went straight to where I kept my money and realised that the envelopes containing the naira notes were gone.
She stole two wristwatches, one of which cost $5,500 and my daughter’s earrings valued at $3300. Also, she took $5000, 300 pounds and N200,000. She took all my jewellery worth over $10,000”.
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