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 yesterday 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 our
reporter approached her to narrate
In 2009 when she first conceived, she was delivered of two girls – Goodness and Godnews. The second conception, two years later, produced another two – a boy and a girl, named John and Joyce.
But when her husband, Emeka, learnt that the third pregnancy was another set of two he fled their number 32, Awori Street, Agege home on the outskirt of Lagos to an undisclosed location in Ikorodu, Lagos.
The third set of twins arrived last
month. They were named Daniel and Daniella.
Mrs. Uche said she could no longer
cope with widening needs for food,
clothes, drugs and school fees.
Her meagre earnings as a teacher in a private school in Lagos can no longer meet their needs.
Her story: “I met my husband in 2002 but we got married in 2008.
We met in the village at Umuahia. I
don’t want to leave the children and
This is why I want government to help us,” she said.
She recalled that she never wanted
the third pregnancy, but her use of
traditional means of family planning (counting fertile and infertile days) failed her.
“I was using traditional way of family planning where I calculate some days before having intercourse.
It was working for me. You can see
my first set of twins is four years old.
“You know as women, we cannot
deny our husband that thing whenever they request for it.
Whenever I mistakenly take in, he
would say that I was pretending.
Sometimes, I would go through long process to abort the pregnancy. After that, another one would happen.
I would still have to go through the
process again to abort it.
When this one happened he still
insisted that I was pretending until
the pregnancy became obvious.”
“My Church was responsible for the
payment of the first delivery.
The church paid N120, 000 for the
delivery of the first set of twins.
The two deliveries of the twins have
been through Caesarean Section for which we paid N120, 000 each.
The last twins are through normal
Mrs. Uche explained that her
husband, a factory worker in Iju
Road, Agege, has since refused to pick her calls. She learnt that he stays in Ikorodu.
“Since I gave birth to the children, I
have tried calling my husband but he would not pick once he knows that it is me.
I contacted his mother and other
relatives to tell them that he has run
away. They promised that they will
Since then, none of them has called
me. It is not easy for me at all.
“I know only two of his relations. ONE of them lives in Ikorodu; the other one lives at Ajegunle.
My elder brother, who could have
also helped, is very angry with me for giving birth to another set of twins.
He warned me before not to have any other child after the two sets of twins, especially with the kind of husband I have.
“I cannot put my hands in blood
shedding by committing abortion. I
want Nigerians to help me because
there is nobody to pay their school
“I went for immunisation some days ago and I told them my condition and why they have not been seeing me.
It was there that they advised that I
should come to government.
Government should please help my
children; no one to help me with
house rent, electricity bill, school
fees, food and so on,” Mrs. Uche said.
Where is Citizen Emeka Benjamin