The police are on the trail of an 18-year-old housemaid, identified simply as Queen, for allegedly fleeing with her boss’ property.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Queen on October 19 went away with property worth N500,000 belonging to her boss, Omowunmi Odejide.
It was gathered that Odejide had returned home from a birthday party around 8pm on the day of the incident to see her two children wandering in the compound.
Odejide, who spoke to PUNCH Metro, said she asked of Queen from her neighbours who told her that she went out to buy something around 7pm and had yet to return.
The Osun State indigene, who noted that she was reluctant to go for the party, said Queen encouraged her to go.
The 37-year-old added that Queen went away with one box containing the goods she packed from her shop.
She further said Queen went away with her children’s clothes, designer wristwatches and sunshades.
She said, “On Friday, October 19, I went out for a birthday party of one of my friends who turned 40. I did not want to go because I was not in a good mood, but Queen encouraged me to; I did not know that she had something up her sleeve.
“I left home around 12.48pm for Agege where the party held. I came back home around 8pm and met my neighbours and my children in the compound. I asked of my housemaid and one of my neighbours said she went to buy something.
“Before the incident, I had a boutique that I run but due to some issues, I could not continue with it again; so I packed my goods home. When I entered the house on the day of the incident, I noticed that one box containing my goods and my children’s clothes were missing.
“This lady is someone I took in like my daughter because she told me that she lost her mother at a tender age; she looked innocent. I don’t lock the rooms when I go out.
“She went away with the stew I prepared, Rolex wristwatches, expensive sunshade that I sell and the one I used, female and male jeans, long towels, three male wristwatch and 10 female wristwatch, pendants- all worth N500,000.”
Odejide who noted that the suspect might have accomplices said she could not carry all the stolen items alone.
Our correspondent learnt that the matter had been reported at the Sagamu Road Police Division.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect would be apprehended.
He said, “The matter was reported to us at Sagamu Road Police Division and we hope that with the clues available to us, we will soon apprehend her.
“However, the CP, Lagos State has advised employers of domestic helps to ensure that they are profiled to avoid an incident of this nature.”