A 14-year-old housemaid, Mary Akinnifesi, has been
arrested in Ondo town, Ondo State, for poisoning her 63-
year-old boss, Alhaji Nasir Akinlosotu. Mary was living
with the family in their home until that day when the
man’s wife asked her to prepare beans for them.
When she was through, she decided to put rat poison in
the husband’s food, claiming in her confessional
statement that he usually beat her when she committed
The man, who later handed the maid over to the police,
said he was eating the food and had swallowed a part
when he suddenly realized that the taste was strange.
According to him, he later vomited the food and
questioned Mary on the strange taste, and she confessed
to have added rat poison to the food.
She was said to have taken the action against her
master because she was rebuked for messing up the
living room with water a night before. Mary who was
engaged by the victim’s wife, had stayed with the couple
for two years and had never shown such a behaviour
until that night. .
Narrating how he escaped death, Akinlosotu described it
as an act of God. He explained that he had no inclination
that the suspect could go to such an extent as to want
to kill him because he rebuked her for being careless by
pouring water on the floor in the sitting room. .
Akinlosotu, however, said he would not press charges.
“Since God has delivered me from death, why should I
fight again? I have left everything to God,” he said. Ondo
State Police Command image maker Femi Joseph
confirmed that Akinlosotu had applied formally to
withdraw the case.
“This is our predicament: Once the complainant says he
is not interested in pressing charges, the state is
handicapped because the court will dismiss the case
when there is no complainant”, he said. .
Joseph quoted the victim as saying the reason he lodged
the complaint with the police was to expose the devilish
activities of housemaids and the need for people to
always be vigilant when dealing with them.