Lagos State Police Command arrested a 19-year-old house help (names withheld) who hails from the Republic of Benin for making attempt to kill a 93-year-old woman.
She allegedly added a substance suspected to be sniper into Madam Christiana Ogunshina’s tea; in their Mende-Maryland residence with a view to killing the old woman.
The spokesman of the command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of the foreigner to newsmen on Tuesday.
He said that the suspect was a domestic worker for the daughter of the old woman before the incidence.
Elkana said that the incident happened to Madam Ogunshina last Saturday at 11, Ajayi St., Mende Maryland in Lagos State where she was living with her daughter.
He said that whenever Madam Ogunshina’s daughter proceeded for work; she would request her maid to stay with her mother upstairs pending her return.
The police spokesman said that last Saturday, the maid went upstairs as usual.
The PPRO said that while the suspect was seated, the old woman prepared her usual morning tea; closed the cup for some minutes and left for her room.
Elkana said that as soon as the old woman left the sitting room; the suspect allegedly opened the cup containing the tea and added the substance.
According to him, the suspect, however, did not know that the old woman’s personal maid who was working in the kitchen came to the sitting room; and saw the suspect adding the substance into the tea.
He said that the old woman’s maid did not hesitate to report what happened to her madam; while the suspect left the upstairs to their apartment downstairs to wash clothes.
The PPRO said that the old woman then ordered her personal maid to empty the cup of its content and wash the cup.
He said that after the maid had emptied the cup, she discovered some substances at the bottom of the cup; which she showed to her madam.
The spokesman said that the old woman invited her eldest son, one Abayomi Ayobami who perceived the content in the cup; and suspected it to be a poisonous substance.
The PPRO said, “Abayomi Ayobami reported the case at the Anthony Police Station at about 1p.m. on Saturday.
“The police visited, and searched the house. They arrested the suspect as well as took away the empty cup that contained the poisoned tea before it was poured away to their station.
“The suspect confessed to the offence.
“She alleged that the old woman was always shouting at her and that she was tired of her tantrums; so she decided to poison her that day.”