Onlookers were held with shock and disbelief on Friday, September 7 at
Iyaganku Police Division when an eight-year-old girl, Ewaoluwa (surname
withheld), was brought to the station for changing the looks of her
mother’s housemaid when she allegedly bathed the Togolese girl with hot
water for not responding to her call that she needed to eat Indomie in
In a case that was said to have been reported on that Friday by a member
of Child’s Protection Network, (a non-governmental organisation),
Pastor Marcus William, the eight-year-old girl had allegedly poured hot
water onthe head, neck and back side of the 14-year-old housemaid, whose
name was given as Mary Komule, on September 5 for not answering her in
time when she asked Mary to make her Indomie.
Acting on this information, policemen and women attached to the Juvenile
Welfare section of Iyaganku went to the girl’s parents’ house at
Olaniran Fagbemi Street, Joyce B area of Ibadan immediately after
receiving the information but was said to have been resisted by the
girl’s mother who reportedly told his gateman to tell the police that
she was not around.
It was further gathered that the police officers spent close to four
hours outside the gate and had prepared toobtain a search warrant from a
court when the woman’s lawyer came around and persuaded her to follow
the lawenforcement agents.
In her statement to the police at Iyaganku, Ewaoluwa claimed that she
wanted to eat Indomie and informed the housemaid, but she was busy
cleaning the floor on which palm oil poured. The housemaid, Mary, had
reportedly put some water on the fire to further clean the floor when
she noticed the floor was still slippery.
Angered by the fact that her request was not promptly attended to, the
little girl had reportedly ordered Mary to kneel down and put her hands
behind her back, after which she tied them with a scarf. She was said to
have claimed that she first poured cold water on the housemaid but when
she saw that the teenager did not feel any pain, she took the water the
maid was boiling on the fire and poured it on the helpless girl, right
from the head to the back of her neck.
Writhing in pain, Mary had reportedly robbed the scalded skin with her
hands, resulting in the skin peeling off. Though the girl’s mother was
said to be away in Lagos when the incident occurred, Ewaoluwa, when
asked whether she was punished for her misdeeds, told the police that
her mother scolded her by asking her to ‘face the wall’.
The mother of the girl who was crying profusely as the crowd booed her
and her daughter told the police that she took Mary to a nearby chemist
for treatment when she returned from her journey and was informed of the
occurrence. She also said that the girl had been with her for about six
moths, adding that she didn’t want to come out to the police initially
because she was scared.
However, the housemaid countered her, saying that she was not taken
anywhere for treatment and had been in pain until the time of her
rescue. Her burns were only dabbed with Gentian Violet when Crime
Features saw thegirl at the police station. When asked why she didn’t
resist the abuse on her, Mary said her mistress had strictly warned her
not to touch the girl on any account.
Sources living around the home of the girl’s parents toldCrime Features
that the housemaid had once attempted to run away but was held back by
people. Since then, they said, she had been under close monitoring by
her mistress. The gateman of the house also told the police that he had
only worked with the family for nine days before the incident but had
never seen the girl outside until that day.
Confirming the story, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Clement
Adoda said that the housemaid had been handed over to the Ministry of
Women Affairs in Oyo State while the NAPTIP had also been contacted so
that proper repatriation of the girl back to her country could be
effected. Mr Adoda added that the little suspectand her mother had been
granted bail while the case would be charged to court after the
resumption of the legal year.