A man and his wife have been arrested for the death of their 19 year old housemaid.
Mr and Mrs Fortune Stephens, were arrested by Operatives of the Lagos State Police command for the death of Joy Okom Adole, at their home at number 18 Ogundola street, in the Bariga area of the state. Though her family believe that the couple beat Joy to death and staged her death to look like suicide.
The couple called the police to report that their housemaid hanged herself at their home on April 20th following a misunderstanding. The couple was taken to the station for questioning and during preliminary investigation, a different story emerged of how Joy may have met her untimely death.
A twitter user who shared the story wrote ;
Justice for Joy Okom Adole, Joy is from Ukpa Oju local govt area in benue state, she was murder by Mrs Nene Fortune Stephens whom she served as a house maid on Monday 20th April 2020 in her resident at Gbagada area of Lagos state, she was murder and then hang by Mrs Nene.
Narrating what he believes happened to LIB, a cousin of late Joy, Philip Ejeh, said ;
What really happened is that on April 20th at about 4pm, I received a call from the village that our sister, Joy, is somewhere at Bariga where she is working as a househelp but that she is now dead. I never knew she was in Lagos. So I made enquiries and they sent the agent’s number that brought her to that place to me. I called the agent who narrated what happened.
The agent said it was on Sunday evening April 19th that they called her that the girl is misbehaving and that she should come and take her away. Actually when the girl started working on the 10th of January, they began by paying her N10, 000. Subsequently the couple refused to pay her salary and she decided to stop working. Joy said she wanted them to open an account for her so they can be paying her salary to her directly and that if they are not ready to do that, she is no longer ready to work.
They started complaining that the girl wasn’t working as they expected her to work.
On the 10th of April, they asked her to leave their house since she wasn’t ready to work with them again. She packed her things and went to the bus stop but couldn’t find a bus due to the lock-down. She had to go back to their house. The couple saw her and were like they had told her to go, why is she still hanging around. They called the agent who pleaded with them that since there is a lock-down, they should bear with her and manage Joy pending when there is free movement so she can come and move her away from their house.
They allowed her to enter their house but on the 19th, they chased her again and were like if the agent doesn’t come to pick her, they never want to see her around their house again. At that point, they were beating her again. They called the agent who pleaded with them to still keep her since there is no movement. She told them to please keep her until Monday April 20th that she would find her way to come and pick her up. The agent heard the husband telling the wife that she should stop beating the girl and that the beating is okay. In the process, the phone went off.
On Monday April 20th around 7am, they called the agent and was trying to make some enquiries about the girl. The agent was like any information you need about the girl, ask her and she would supply you with the information. They continued to insist. It was around 11am that they opened up to her that Joy is dead. The agent was like what happened. Who killed her? What killed her? The couple said she was supposed to wake up and that she did not wake up so they had to go and check her room only to find her hanging. The agent was like this is not possible, you should tell me that you beat her to death.
They told her that they were saying the truth and that at the moment, they have moved the corpse to the police station and then to the mortuary. They sent the photo where she hung herself. The agent forwarded the picture to us.”
Phillip said Mrs Fortune alleged that she found out that the deceased stole her indomie noodles and some of her other personal belongings.
Joy’s family members are however insisting that their sister was killed by Mrs Fortune. They questioned how somebody can commit suicide by hanging and still have her legs touching the floor.