An IG iser, @tasalahq, today shared a video of her househelp who was recently apprehended after stealing dollars, jewelries and other items from her house. Read what she wrote below
This househelp matter in Nigeria is just getting more and more ridiculous.
This is Victoria Ogbu. My househelp for the last 8 months. Paid well, works minimal hours, treated like a household member. Caught her today and she confessed with her own mouth. She has been steadily stealing personal effects and cash. Caught her today after she stole dollars from a well concealed place. And the most annoying thing is the way they start crying and begging once caught. This has been going on for months! You treat them well but they have no conscience and will happily rob you blind.
Thankfully I had links to someone that knows her family and her account details, ID and BVN so there was no escape for her. More items were recovered from her house by the police.
Please let’s all be very cautious and vigilant with people we let into our homes and personal space. Even with all the background checks and guarantors nothing is safe.
Get your domestic staff registered at your local police station, have copies of their ID and BVN and if possible get cameras installed in your home. Especially when you have kids. God help us
For those saying don’t post it publicly. I have received 2 messages like this about this same girl. This is not her first time.
She worked with me 4 days a week, maximum of 4 hours a day. And she was paid well above average. That gave her the opportunity to work a 2nd job, study or learn a trade. The opportunity was there. In all good conscience I can confidently say she was treated well.
This is not about trending or humiliation. It’s about creating awareness. Let’s hope your home or a loved ones home is not where she will do more damage.
In other parts of the world there are reliable criminal records and offenders registers that prevent people like this from working with children. Unfortunately we are not there yet, although some agencies are trying.
Some of us require domestic staff and there absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you don’t, good for you. Do whatever works for you.
Not all employees are bad. Some are actually pure gems. But we must call our the bad ones so as not to give the whole profession a bad name.