It has always given me cause to pause the way I see a lot of people treat their domestic help. They are beaten, manhandled and abused all in the name of punishment for wrong acts done or just because. I’ve also heard people say that most of these domestic help ‘need’ to be beaten as it’s the only way they respect their employers.
I just think it’s such a shame.
Arakwe died on Aug. 17, 2010 at the Eko General Hospital, Surulere, after he was allegedly tortured and beaten by Chiamaka for “misbehaving”. The testifying police officer told the court that:
“During our investigation, it was discovered that Chiamaka actually tortured the deceased and when we got to the crime scene, we discovered that he was kept in the toilet for two days”
“He was then brought out and asked to wash some clothes but he could not perform the task because he was very weak”.
According to him, this angered Chiamaka who then instructed another domestic-servant named Emmanuel, to flog him.
“When she discovered that Emmanuel was not flogging the deceased, she took a belt, tied him with a chain to the toilet bowl and beat him till he lost consciousness,” Jacob alleged.
Jacob said that she later rushed the boy to the hospital, where she allegedly told the doctor that she “just saw the boy on the road”.
The witness said that Arakwe died before the doctor could start treatment, and his body was transferred to the mortuary of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
He said that the police recovered a chain, leather belt and rope among other exhibits from the residence of the Nnajiofors located at 81, Femi Tella Street, Ago/Okota, Isolo, Lagos.
The matter has been adjourned till April 30th.