A housewife, Mrs Rose Abbey from Edo State, south south Nigeria, was locked up in a micro finance bank called B C Cash located at Ipaja, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, following her inability to service the N17,000 loan she borrowed from the bank.
The woman alleged that she was abducted and beaten up and locked in a room at the bank at 170/172, Ipaja Road, Baruwa, Ipaja till the following day without allowing her access to her family.
Mrs. Rose Abbey detained inside BC Cash Microfinance Bank at Ipaja Road, Baruwa, Ipaja, Lagos
She was expected to pay N2,000 weekly to the bank but she failed to do so, which led to her alleged detention.
Rose regained her freedom after her friend paid the N2,000 to the bank.
The police at Gowon Estate have arrested the manager of the bank, Mrs Princess Adesua and two other staff for illegally detaining the woman.
The mother of four kids was allegedly abducted in her work place by the manager and a staff identified as Wale for defaulting to pay the money as agreed.
She was locked up in the premises till the following day when her friend brought the money.
Narrating what happened, the victim told P.M.NEWS that she borrowed N17,000 from the bank to run her small scale business at Gowon Estate and the condition was that she will be paying back N2,000 every week.
She said she has been paying the money until last week when she was unable to pay because of poor sales.
She said when the manager confronted her about the payment, she told her that she did not meet up with the payment for the week because of poor sales.
BC Microfinance Bank where Rose Abbey was detained
Rose said the manager insisted that she must pay the money and dragged her to their office and locked her up along with another defaulter till the following day.
She said they prevented her from contacting her husband and they attempted to seize her phone and only allowed her to contact her friend who brought the money before she was released.
Rose also said when she got back home the following day, her husband who returned late on the day she was detained, asked her where she went. She said when she told him what happened, he did not believe but later confirmed that it really happened.
The matter was reported at Gowon Estate Police Division and the manager and two others were arrested and taken to the station.
The manager, Mrs Adesua addmitted that the woman slept in their office because she was not able to pay their money.
She explained that the woman entered into an agreement with the bank and borrowed some money.
Adesua said part of the agreement was that she would be paying N2,000 to the bank every week but she defaulted. She denied that she assaulted Rose, adding that she was only trying to recover the banks’ money.
The victims husband, Emmanuel Adeyemo Abbey told P.M.NEWS that he did not initially believe his wife until later when she showed the injury she sustained and confirmed from her friend who gave the bank the money. He said he was not aware that his wife was owing such money but said that was not an excuse to illegally detain her without informing the police.
Abbey said his children were left alone in the house and throughout that day, they did not eat anything.
When P.M.NEWS visited the police division where the matter was reported, the DPO was not around to comment on it.
However, a source at the station confirmed the arrest of Adesua and her staff and said they will soon be charged to court.