NOLLYWOOD actress Caroline Danjuma has sacked her domestic househelp identified as Oyindamola Alexander after she checked into a Lagos clinic for treatment after allegedly contracting coronavirus from her boss’s son.
In one of the most bizarre developments since the outbreak of the virus, Oyindamola was receiving treatment at the Lagos isolation centre in Onikan after being tested positive. However, Ms Danjuma was not happy with her member of staff going absent so has not only sacked her but also threatened to get her arrested.
Oyindamola, 33, who was discharged on April 20 after testing negative, said she was depressed by the allegations made against her by the celebrity actress, who also threatened to sue her over a missing laptop. Apparently the while trauma began after Ms Danjuma’s 11-year-old son returned from the United Kingdom and started manifesting symptoms of Covid-19, which he passed on to Oyindamola.
According to Oyindamola, the boy’s parents, who were alarmed and contacted Nigeria Centre for Disease Control officials, who tested him and confirmed his positive status. Oyindamola, a graduate of English and Literary Studies from the University of Ado Ekiti, said the health workers conducted tests on everyone in the house and she was among those who tested positive.
Subsequently, Oyindamola was taken to the Onikan isolation and treatment centre, which is when things turned sour. According to Oyindamola, she was surprised by Ms Danjuma’s reaction and wondered why her boss did not show concern for her health.
She said, “When Danjuma employed me on March 11, 2020, she said I would supervise her domestic workers. She had a cleaner, a washer man, a driver and a cook and she said she noticed that things were not being properly done and she wanted me to coordinate them.
“A week to the lockdown, she asked if I had money for my family to stock up food. My parents are in Ekiti and my husband is in Benin, although we have some misunderstanding. I told her that I had yet to send money to them but I believe that they would cope somehow.
“She said she would give me some money to help them. She then gave me N30,000 for which I was grateful but she never said it was my salary.
“My result came back positive and I went into isolation. I contacted my boss and asked when I would be paid for the month and that my mom was hypertensive and would need money. However, my boss started abusing me, saying what about the N30,000 she gave me when I had not even started working. She said the money was my salary for the month.
“She said she had been feeding me and my attitude was unbecoming and as a matter of fact, I was no longer working with her and that I deserved what I was going through. She asked if she was the one who impregnated me.”
According to Oyindamola, her bed in the isolation centre was beside that of the cleaner, who also tested positive but a few days after her admission, Ms Danjuma told her that she had been fired and asked the two of them to send her their account numbers. She added: “She sent me N23,000 and N50,000 to the cleaner.
“She had apparently removed the N30,000 she gave me initially and the N7,000 she said was a refund for my missing money. Two days later, she sent me a message on WhatsApp that her laptop was missing. I was fed up. I had never seen the laptop.”