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Couple arrested for claiming maid committed suicide after allegedly beating her to death

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A couple identified as Nene and Fortune Stephens, have been arrested after housemaid, Joy Okom Adole, was found dead at their home at No 18 Ogundola street, Bariga, Lagos State.

The couple had claimed the 19 year old girl had commutes suicide by hanging herself.

Investigations however revealed that the incident was in connection with disagreement over salary issues. Philips Ejeh, an elder brother to the deceased, said:

“The deceased went to Lagos to work for Mrs Stephens as house maid in January, 2020.”

He narrated how Joy, had complained about receiving beatings whenever she asked her boss for her pay.

She had made up her mind to leave but couldn’t do so due to the lockdown in Lagos. She was not able to leave until Sunday, when her boss said she caught her stealing one indomie noodles and that led to her fatal beating.

Mrs Stephens, in her claim, said that the late Joy hanged herself but the deceased relations insisted that she was killed by her master, wondering how anybody would hang herself with her legs on the floor.

Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP, Bala Elkana, said that the woman and her husband came to Bariga Police Station and reported that their house girl committed suicide in their house.

He said when detectives visited the scene of the incident and saw the position of the rope and how she hanged, they suspected a foul play as wounds were all over the deceased’s body, showing that she was tortured to death rather than committing suicide as alleged by her madam.

He said,

“The Police has stepped up thorough investigations and found a lot of signs of violence on her body. If it were to be an ordinary suicide, how come wounds and signs of beating are all over her body?” asked the PPRO.

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