Man ties his triplets, four other children to wheelbarrow; begs for buyers in Owerri

It was like a scene from a Nollywood movie recently in Owerri, Imo State capital when a father tied his seven children, including his triplet, to a wheelbarrow and was heading to an unknown destination before officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development stopped him.

It was observed that the 44-year-old man simply identified as Israel Dike is a native of Odenkume, Obowo Local Government Aarea of Imo State, but resides in Ugwu Ekwema, Egbu Road, Owerri.

The children’s hands were firmly tied to a wheelbarrow while the man was soliciting for buyers for the children, saying he could no longer fend for them.

A staff of the ministry told newsmen in Owerri that, “Following a tip off, a high powered team led by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Nma Onyechere, quickly went and rescued the children.”

Apart from disclosing that he planned selling some of them with a view to enabling him take proper care of others, Dike equally lamented that Governor Rochas Okorocha put him in the present predicament.

“Owelle Okorocha is the cause of what I am passing through today. He made me a promise in the past and has failed to redeem it till today,” Dike said.

Speaking to newsmen at the scene, the Commissioner described Dike as a “depressed man, who is mentally derailed.”

While urging Dike’s wife to go for family planning, the Commissioner however promised that government would carefully ascertain the level of the man’s mental problem.

Onyechere told newsmen that the Ministry would take up the issue.


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