A domestic worker, identified as Blessing, has absconded after she allegedly stole money and jewellery valued at over N13.9m from her employer’s’ residence in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.
Speaking on Tuesday, the employer, Pearl Ogbulu, said that the Cross River State indigene allegedly perpetrated the crime a week after she started working for her and has not been seen or heard from since the incident happened.
According to Punch , an agent identified as Joshua Amaha, introduced Blessing to Ogbulu, who was not at home on the day the domestic worker visited her residence for an interview.
Ogbulu said her parents, who live with her, took Blessing in, adding that during the interview with the domestic worker the following day, she (Ogbulu) informed her that she would undergo a test and registration at a police station.
She said plans were underway for the test and registration when the 25-year-old took advantage of her absence to steal her property.
“Her name could be an alias, but she identified herself as Blessing. She also mentioned that her name was Ihi, from Cross River State. She is 25 years old and has a one-year-old child. She started working with me around 8.30pm last Sunday,” she said.
“The agent told me she would come on Saturday for an interview, but I didn’t see her. Only for the agent to tell me she was already on her way that Sunday and when she didn’t arrive early, I went out. I returned around 1.30am and was about to go to work the next day when I interviewed her and told her about the test and registration.
“January 13 was my brother’s birthday and Blessing was standing on the third floor when I went into my room to bring out two envelopes containing N500,000 and N200,000. I gave my brother N50,000, and also gave him and my mother $100 each. I kept the remaining money inside my room.”
Ogbulu said she went for a party the following Sunday.
“When I returned from the party, I entered the compound and called my dad to open the door. But when he came down to open it, he said the door was not locked. My dad quickly searched Blessing’s room and said she had packed all her things and fled.