A 14-year-old housemaid tried to kill her boss with rat poison. The maid made this attempt because she was angry that he scolded her the night before, so she mixed rat poison with his food.
The 63-year-old employer, Nasiru Akinlosotu, a former medicine store operator, had scolded Mary Akinnifesi the night before because she spilt water in the living room. The next day, Nasiru’s wife, before leaving for work, asked the maid to prepare beans for dinner and serve her husband. Nasiru Akinlosotu’s wife, Sikirat, is a primary school teacher who owns a shop where she goes to each day after school, because of that, she comes back home late and Mary mostly handles dinner.
The day the tragic incident would have happened, Mary, who was still angry prepared the beans as instructed then when going to serve her master, she added rat poison.
Fortunately for Akinsolotu as he lifted the spoon with food in it to eat, he noticed an unusual smell and asked Mary what she put in it. She said it was only spices that were added but as soon as Akinsolotu put the food in his mouth he spat it out.
He raised an alarm and neighbours joined him to interrogate the girl and she allegedly confessed to adding rat poison to the food. Mary had lived with the couple for two years and had never displayed such
According to Nasiru, Mary had lived with the couple for two years and had never displayed such behaviour.
While speaking to Vanguard, Nasiru Akinsolotu narrated the whole incident and described his survival as an act of God.
In his words;
“I had even put a spoon of the beans in my mouth and about to swallow it when I discovered offensive odour and unpleasant taste from the food. I immediately vomited the beans and called Mary to ask why the beans was smelling in such a manner and the taste was awful but she claimed she added spice”.
“It was in the course of interrogation by neighbours that the housemaid confessed that she crushed the medicine meant for rat that was bought few days ago by my wife and poured it into my own share of the food. She later stated that she decided to add the poison into my food in retaliation for the correction which I made when she committed an offense in the house. After the confession, I contacted my wife by phone and narrated the incident to her. Upon her arrival in the house, she decided to report the matter at Yaba Divisional Police Station in Ondo town for further investigation into the matter”.
Akinsolotu said he and his family have decided to drop the charges against Mary because she is a relative and they only reported to the police so people can be aware of the activities of some maids.
“Since God has delivered me from death, why should I fight again? I have left everything to God”.