The operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad, RRS, have arrested a housemaid agent who specialises in assisting people to get maids with the motive of using them to abscond with money, jewelry and other belongings of their employers.
Francis Okputu, 37, has been doing this since 2003. In May 2019, he planted one Joy Onoz and told her to steal from her boss. He also ordered her to help him get her boss’ picture.
The gold jewelry, he told Joy, would be replaced with copper and he would take the picture to a prophetess who would help him bewitch it and make the boss not to question any of the girl’s deed after stealing her things.
However, Joy quickly told her boss of the plans and they played along with his arrangement. The lady gave Joy some hard currencies, jewelry and her picture and told her to contact Francis.
The suspect, unknowingly, instructed Joy to meet him at Iyana-Ipaja to handover her loots to him and he was arrested. After his arrest, the decoy team of RRS visited some housemaid whom Francis had installed in different part of the State to question them if he Francis had one time or the other asked them to bring their employer’s valuables and also advised them to stay clear of any plan that is contrary to the law.
The police also visited the said prophetess who was to help Francis hypnotize Joy’s mistress and she disclosed that the last time she saw him was in February 2018 when he came for prayer and asked her to help hypnotize a woman who employed one of his clients but that she refused his demand and sent him out of her church because she did not indulge in such practice as a servant of God.
Recovered from Francis’ hand when joy was trailed to Iyana Ipaja, the point of exchange of the stolen items, were $15 dollar notes, sets of gold jewelries worth N450,000 and a picture.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Adamu Muazu in his reaction to the incident directed the transfer of the case to the State CID office and advised Lagosians to be conscious of whom they employ as domestic staff to avoid theft of their hard-earned properties.