Nollywood actress, Wunmi Toriola has been accused of physically assaulting her son’s nanny for allegedly “drugging” the minor.
According to Punch, the 27-year-old nanny, Motunrayo Azeez, said the actress brutalized her at her home in Medina Estate, Gbagada, Lagos State, and also invited a soldier to manhandle her.
Reports have it that when Wunmi left for work on Friday, October 15, she left her son in the nanny’s care. After school, the nanny went to pick him up from school and took him home.
Azeez claimed she fed him when they arrived home and took him outside the compound to play. Shortly after, she said she noticed that the boy was running temperature so she gave him some drugs.
However, Toriola who was monitoring the situation with a CCTV device which was connected to her phone, became upset and accused the nanny of drugging her son to make him sleep so she could have time to press her phone.
“She asked why I gave the baby drugs without her permission and I apologised for that, but she started accusing me of always drugging her son to make him sleep and I told her that yesterday (Friday) was the first time I would give him the drugs: Paracetamol and Vitamin C, with the cough drug she bought,” the nanny said.
“I was surprised about the allegation because I had no reason to drug her son; but she said she did not want to meet at home when she returned. So, I packed my bags and sat at the entrance of the gate outside, but she later called the gateman not to allow me to go out.
“When she came back around 8pm, she started shouting and cursing me. She later said I should enter her car that we were going to a police station. I entered the car because my mind was clean towards her and her son. Instead of driving to the police station, she drove to the estate gate and dropped me with the guards and told them that they must not allow me to go.
“She started beating me at the gate and later carried me back home. When we got home, she ordered that I should be locked inside a room; later, her husband called a soldier, who came to beat me with a horsewhip and used electric shocker on me.”
The nanny further alleged that the actress vowed to lock her up in the house for three weeks to monitor her son’s health. However, she eventually released her following Azeez’s mother’s plea and took her to a police station to write an undertaking.
She added, “After we left the police station, she suddenly parked in the middle of the road and started beating me and dragging my phone that she wanted to seize it. She scattered my clothes on the road; people were just watching us, thinking we were acting a movie. But when they saw that I came outside the car and started crying and begging her, they asked me what happened.
“She later gave me my phone and drove off. I was packing my clothes from the road with the help of people when I explained what happened to them. They told me to report her to the police; two people followed me to report at the station.
“I didn’t get myself with the beating I received from her and the soldier. I want justice because I only gave her son drugs out of a pure mind.”
Toriola on the other hand claims she didn’t lay a finger on Azeez. According to her, she had observed that her son had slept for days before and seeing the nanny giving him drugs raised her suspicion.
The actress also alleged that neighbors had reported that the nanny usually beats her son.
She told the publication: “Apparently, she knew that there was a camera inside, so she would take the boy outside and beat him.
“One week later, I discovered that my son who was active was just sleeping, so catching her on camera giving him drugs raised my suspicion. My son’s cough had gone like two weeks ago, so for her to still be giving him cough drugs without telling me that my son was running a temperature or coughing means she intentionally gave my son the drugs around 6pm so that he could sleep and she could press her phone.
“When I got home, I asked what happened; I didn’t beat her because when I attempted to beat her, she dodged my hand. I called my husband, and he told me not to take any step till he got back. When he came, he called the police to pick her to go and write a statement. But I was the one begging on her behalf that they should not take her away because her people were also begging me.
“I don’t want a case because her mother called me from Epe, begging me to let her go, which I did only for me to now get your message. Now, I’m going to open the case; I’m going to take the case to Panti (SCIID); I have all the evidence of what she did.”