IG warns against foreign domestic helps
Written by Morenike Adebayo on March 18, 2016
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has warned Nigerians against employing foreigners as domestic helps. According to him, they are difficult to trace when they abscond with their employers’ property or children.
Arase said this on Wednesday at a Mega Town Hall Meeting with stakeholders at the Redemption Camp, Ogun State. The programme tagged, ‘Security Awareness and Personal Workplace Safety’, was organised by the Ogun State branch of the Police Community Relations Committee.
The IG, who commended the police and community members for their roles in the rescue of three abducted pupils of the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos, in was represented by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Mr. Bala Hassan, said it is easier for the apprehend a fleeing Nigerian domestic help than a foreign one.
He said, “We do not have anything against people from Ghana or Cotonou but if you want to employ domestic workers, ensure that they are Nigerians so that when they escape (with your property), you know where to find him or her. You can even meet with your Divisional Police Officer to know whether he or she had committed a crime elsewhere before you employ one.”
The IG added, “People will travel for the Easter. It is not a must you get to your destination on the same day. When night falls, you can park your car and sleep in a hotel. Easter is like Christmas and I know Nigerians like gifts. Do not open your door to anybody that brings a hamper. It could contain an explosive device. Do not give criminal opportunities. Do not leave a ladder close to your residence. Children will also visit recreational places. Parents should watch over them so that they will not be tricked with ice creams.”
The guest speaker, Mr. Obafemi Obadare, called on the authorities to reconsider decentralizing the police.