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Umahi Offers Automatic Employment To Rescue Lagos-Based Ebonyi Mother Of 3

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Ebonyi state Governor, Chief David Umahi has ordered for immediate and automatic employment of the rescued Lagos-based Ebonyi mother of 3, Miss Oyiri Egwu Okoche.

Oyiri Egwu Okoche who hails from Amaisu in Afikpo North local government area of the state and her three children were stranded in Lagos for months.

The woman and her three children had gone viral on social media after a Lagos resident posted a video clip of them suffering and roaming the streets of Lagos without help.

The attention of the Governor was brought to the disturbing video clip and he quickly directed that the woman and her children be swiftly rescued and brought to Ebonyi state.

Speaking to newsmen in Abakaliki after she arrived the state with her children,  the stranded woman who was visibly happy and full of gratitude to Governor Umahi, painfully narrated how a man by name, Idowu Shittu, from Abeokuta in Ogun state maltreated her for 16 years and later  abandoned her and her children to suffer in Lagos in the name of marriage.

The woman, who was in company of the Caretaker Chairman of Afikpo North Local government area, Hon. Mrs. Amauche Godwin Otunta, said that her ordeal started in 2004 when the man met her in Lagos and promised to marry her but never paid her bride price for 16 good years nor took care of her and her children.

“I met him in 2004 when I came to Lagos. I lived in Abuja with my parents. I came to Lagos with our neighbor in Abuja who is a woman of God. He met the woman and said he wanted to marry me. I never liked him because he was not my kind of man but he told the woman that he loves me and that he would take care of me. The woman convinced me to marry him and asked me to pray so that God will change him.

“When my father died, we attended the burial. Sfter the burial my mother told him to come and pay my bride price if he wants to marry me .He said he would come in no distant time. But he never did. We have three children now. The worst now is that he wants to kill me and my children. So, I ran out of the house to look for my people because I have lost contacts of my family members, ” she said.

The Caretaker Chairman of Afikpo North Local Government Area, Hon. Mrs. Amauche Godwin Otunta, told newsmen that an accommodation has been provided for the woman at the Afikpo North local government’s lodge as part of series of efforts towards her rehabilitation, including her children, as directed by the Governor.


“The woman is from my local government. She is from Amaisu in Afikpo North Local government. We have made contacts and I can confirm she is from Afikpo. A video clip of her and her children roaming the streets of Lagos had surfaced on online.


“When the attention of the Governor was drawn to it ,he immediately directed and dispatched a delegation to Lagos to rescue them. And to the Glory of God, they are here with us now. Our kindhearted Governor has also directed that the woman be given automatic employment at the local government. And we shall do that with immediate effect too.” she said.

She commended the Governor for his quick intervention in the matter, promising to ensure that the woman and her children are properly rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society.

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