Where is Citizen Emeka Benjamin Uche, a Lagos factory worker? That was the big question yesterday as his wife, Ruth 34, from Abia State broke the news of his disappearance since February. Uche, 39, fled home when he learnt that his expectant wife was carrying a set of twins – the family’s third. Mrs. Uche was at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa recently with her six children, pleading for help.
Not many knew what she wanted as she stood under a tree, close to the Press Centre, carrying the babies. Her first two sets of twins, much older, stood close to their mother, and did not in any way seem intimidated by the sea of cameras and faces focusing on them. Mrs. Uche was receptive when approached to narrate her ordeal…
“In 2009 when I first got pregnant, I gave birth to two girls – Goodness and Goodnews. The second time, two years later, I had twins again – a boy and a girl. We named them John and Joyce. But when my husband, Emeka, learnt that the third pregnancy was another set of twins, he ran away. I gave birth last month and we named them Daniel and Daniella” a disturbed Mrs. Uche said.
It is amazing how people think foolishly these days. It takes two to tango. The poor woman didn’t impregnate herself, obviously. But on the other hand, we empathize with the man. He is but a low ranked civil servant whose monthly take home barely takes him home, let alone feed his now extra large family of eight.
STORY BY OYINKANSOLA ADEDOYIN