The Lagos state police command on Wednesday announced the arrest of an Indian national, Jay Keswani for allegedly assaulting a Nigerian house help identified as Faith, who was employed by his wife.
Keswani was said to have been angered by Faith’s late arrival to work on Friday, August 12.
The Nigerian househelp’s explanation that she was delayed by security men at the Banana Island gate did not assuage the Indian and he struck her in the face.
According to Punch, Faith sustained a facial injury and also collapsed. Upon recovery, she reported the incident at the Ikoyi Police Division.
Efforts to arrest Keswani initially proved futile as he fled his home for about six weeks to evade arrest. Policemen from the Ikoyi division were also reportedly prevented from entering the highly secured area.
Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the Indian’s eventual arrest, adding that he would be charged to court at the end of investigation.
She said, “The police arrested him on Tuesday. He was nabbed by the Adeniji Adele division. He was tracked to his house. When the suspect discovered that the police were on the lookout for him, he initially fled.
“But when he thought the tension was down, he returned to his house and was arrested. The family support unit of the division is in charge of the case. The Indian has not confessed to the crime, but all the evidences before the police indicate that he assaulted the lady. He will be charged to court.”
Faith’s elder brother, Chukwuka, told newsmen that his sister was late to work on that Friday, because the security men delayed to give her a pass.
He said, “Keswani’s wife queried Faith for coming late, and she explained that she was delayed by the security men at the gate for lack of a pass. The Indian’s wife became angry and reported Faith to her husband.
“There was an altercation and my sister was hit on the face; she began to bleed. She fell and became unconscious, but they thought she was pretending.”
The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in Alausa has already begun looking into the incident according to DSVRT Coordinator, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi. Keswani has however maintained that he did nothing wrong in hitting his Nigerian househelp.