Panic Drama Erupted in ex-Nollywood actress Caroline Danjuma house as domestic staff test positive for Covid-19.
Former Nollywood actress Caroline Danjuma‘s son infects a domestic worker with Covid-19.
According to the report, a 33 years-old domestic worker named Oyindamola Alexander, lost her job while being treated for the coronavirus disease, which she claimed to have contracted from her boss’s son.
The domestic worker in question was treated at the Lagos isolation center in Onikan, and was discharged on April 20 after testing negative and had come after her boss.
The alleged worker reported that Caroline‘s 11-year old son recently returned from high-risk country UK, and he first tested positive for Covid-19, before she did, an allegation that the ex-Nollywood actress refutes.
She stated that the boy’s parents, who were alarmed, contacted officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), who tested him and allegedly confirmed the positive status.
Alexander, a 33-year-old 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.
She said, “When Danjuma employed me on March 11, 2020, she said I would supervise her domestic workers. She had a cleaner, a washerman, a driver, and a cook. 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, though 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. She never said it was my salary.”
Oyindamola added that some days later, her boss’ 11-year-old boy arrived from London.
“After coming into the country, he became ill and was tested by the NCDC; the result came in positive. Everybody in the house was tested. My boss, however, did not allow the cook to be tested. I don’t know her reason for that.
“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. I told the doctors not to tell any member of my family. I knew there was nothing to panic about and that I would be fine.
“However, my boss started abusing me. She said 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.”
Oyindamola said she was surprised by Danjuma’s reaction and wondered why she did not show concern for her health.
She added, “My bed in the isolation center was beside that of the cleaner, who also tested positive for COVID-19. Some days after, my boss told me that I had been fired and asked the cleaner and I to send our account numbers.
“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. She said I lied that my money was stolen.
“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.
“She has been threatening me, saying she would get the police to arrest me. She said she had called my agent and that nobody should employ me. She said if I run away, she would post my pictures all over social media with my details.
“While in isolation, what they did was to check our vital signs every day. That particular day, the nurse told me that my blood pressure had shot up.”
She added, “Why is she frustrating and intimidating me? It was while working for her that I got exposed to this thing, and the other domestic worker is still in the isolation center. Right now, I am afraid for the cook; he should be tested. Right now, I am stranded with nowhere to go. My drugs are in her place,” she added.
Danjuma, in response to the allegations, stated that “When my boys came back, I ensured that everyone was properly protected and insisted that you did not come close to them. I was with my kids all through, but (tested) negative three times. Your ‘K’ deformed legs you were always using to go out without my permission on the basis of being my friend instead of staff got you sick; you came home and infected Chioma,” the message read in part.
She further shared that she agreed to pay Alexander N60,000 monthly on compassionate grounds, noting that she employed Alexander as a nanny.
She added, “An innocent child! Should I call my son to tell you that Oyin is trying to blackmail him to extort money from his parents? My son is negative; we are all negative.
“Oyin does not work in the house. She orders people around. She is rude. I just cannot stay with her. She is not the only one working for me.