A domestic worker, Abigail Felix, left her boss, neighbours and family members in a state of shock by allegedly drinking a pesticide, DD Force, which killed her a few days to her travelling to her hometown in the Republic of Benin to see her parents.
Abigail decided to visit her parents after serving the Akinrinmade family for two years in the Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Until her death, it was learnt that the 18-year-old was assisting the Akinrinmades with house chores at No. 31A Oyeleke Street, Alausa, Ikeja, and was also keeping sales records at her boss’ shop located in the same address.
One Iyabode Adefolami, whose work place in the Alausa area is far from her place of residence, is said to be staying with the Akinrinmades during the week and goes home for the weekend.
On the day of the incident, Abigail, who had closed in the shop for the day, allegedly left the house and did not return.
When Adefolami, in whose care she was left, did not see her, a search party was organised but the effort proved abortive as she left no trace of her whereabouts
Abigail’s boss son, Yinka Akinrinmade, told PUNCH Metro during a visit to the house that that was not the first time she would suddenly leave the house, adding that when it was late and she was nowhere to be found, her disappearance was reported at the police station the following day.
Yinka said Adefolami later observed strange movement in his mother’s apartment and on close observation, she saw Abigail in one of the rooms and demanded an explanation regarding her whereabouts the previous night.
He said, “Abigail refused to explain where she was coming from; so, my mother told Adefolami to lock her outside, but Abigail ran into one of the rooms, locked herself up and refused to open the door. So, the lady sought neighbours’ help and when they forced the door open, she was seen lying on the floor. Foamy substances were coming out of her mouth and the odour of an insect repellent, DD Force, was perceived.