[media-credit id=1 align=”aligncenter” width=”360″][/media-credit]We know it is not easy to combine parenting duties and other day to day activities especially working moms, but we as parents are expected to provide our kids with competent and trustworthy people. It is really sad when we hear cases about like this.
According to reports form PUNCH, two children Rafael (3), and 15-month-old Michael were abducted from their house at Gateway Crescent in the Magodo, Isheri area of Lagos State by their maid. The 24-year old housemaid fled home with the kids Sunday evening after their parents went out around 6pm. Juliet, the children, their grandmother and her nurse, who also lives in the house were in the sitting room watching television, when the generator went off, then the elderly woman and the nurse decided to retire to their respective rooms, while Juliet went upstairs with the children.
Mrs Onajite secured the service of the fleeing housemaid last Tuesday through a sale portal, OLX, where a visitor, identified simply as Omolade, advertised. Omolade had allegedly posted a number on the website for those who were interested in a “humble” housemaid to apply an advertisement to which Onajite responded.
PUNCH visited the couple at the Unity Estate, Ojodu, where Onajite’s aunt lives. Onajite said:
“After we came back from the church, the children looked tired and I told Juliet to take Michael to bed while I went to do my hair. He had not slept when I came back. That day (Sunday) was my husband’s birthday and we decided to have a couple’s outing. We told her to take the children to bed immediately because they were very tired. We got back home at 9pm. It was Abigail, the nurse that opened the door for us. When we entered, everywhere was quiet and that was when my husband became suspicious because usually, our children would have run from upstairs to say welcome.
She probably deceived the kids that she was taking them to their mum. Her telephone line and that of Omolade have been switched off since yesterday (Sunday). We lodged complaints at the Isheri Police Station and the Department of State Service. The police said it was beyond their capacity, but the DSS promised to track the housemaid down.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, adding that efforts were on to rescue the victims. He said,
“There are efforts to rescue the children and apprehend the fleeing maid. Members of the public are encouraged to give information that will lead to the rescue of the kids and reunite them with their parents.”
We pray this children are found soon, and the maid caught.
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