Investigators at the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender have lamented that a 17-year-old housemaid, Patricia Anthony, was unable to get justice for alleged torture she suffered in the hands of her former boss, identified only as Franca.
It was gathered that Anthony’s case was withdrawn from the court by her family.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Franca always hit Anthony’s head with the heels of her shoes.
Our correspondent was told that Anthony was brought from Plateau State to the FESTAC Town area of Lagos State with the promise that she would be educated, but she was converted to a housemaid instead.
A source at the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender said, “Patricia (Anthony) once used N100 to buy food. The woman heated an aluminium plate and placed it on her laps.Her head is full of injuries inflicted on her by Franca, who always hit her with the heel of her shoes.
“The recent incident occurred on September 23, 2016. The woman’s phone was stolen by a thief. She boiled hot water and poured it on the girl.”
Another source said the case was reported at the FESTAC Police Division.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspect was, however, released when the matter got to the court, as a relative said the family would settle it.
The Public Affairs Officer of OPD, Mr. Adeoba Adeniji-Adele, said the agency gathered that the victim was tricked into coming to Lagos.
He explained that the matter was being handled in collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters.
He said, “Franca was to be charged to court with human trafficking and child abuse offences.
“The police at the FESTAC Town said the case came up at the Ojo Magistrate’s Court on September 30, 2016, but it was struck out. The matter was withdrawn by one Charles.
The OPD Director, Mrs. O.O. Salami, said Anthony would need treatment for “the torture she suffered.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said, “The case has been charged to court.”
The Zonal Coordinator of NAPTIP, Lagos State, Mr. Joseph Famakin, could not be reached.