It’s so sad to keep hearing stories about employers maltreating their domestic staff.
A 16-year-old boy, named Nwanga Chidiebere, is in critical condition at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (FETHA) after his boss who is a doctor, poured a pot of hot water on him, New Telegraph reports.
Chidiebere told newsmen how the unfortunate incident occurred:
“I had just returned from school on the fateful day and was about washing clothes when my boss asked me to go and boil yam which her children would eat.
While the yam was on the stove, I decided to start to wash the clothes, with plans to check it from time to time.While I was still washing, Ugba asked her eldest son to go and wash the plates. He left the door open while I went to clean the lines on which I would spread the clothes.
While cleaning the lines, my boss started shouting that I left the door open.
I told her that I was not the one that left the door open but her son. While she was still scolding me, her husband came out and asked me to lie down despite my plea that I was not the one who opened the door and I immediately lied down.
While lying down, the woman walked to the pot and started yelling that I left the yam to get burnt.
In anger, she grabbed the pot and emptied the whole hot content on my back and it injured me seriously. The pain was so much that I ran outside where I almost cried out my eyeballs from their sockets. She then asked me to go and clean where I washed clothes and after that I should pack my things and leave her house that she did not want to live with me again.”
Chidiebere’s employers locked him out of the house, but he was subsequently found by an NSDC official who took him to the hospital.
Ugba, his boss, was reportedly arrested and has been arraigned.
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