COVID-19: Man Abandons Five Children, Wife Over Hardship From Lockdown

The effect of the lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus has taken a new turn as a Commercial bus driver (name withheld) has abandoned his family due to hardship.

The man was said to have left his five children and wife due to his inability to provide the basics necessities at home.

A source, who is a fellow tenant to the family at Arikawe street off Afromedia, Ajamgbadi, Lagos while speaking to NAIJA CENTER on condition of anonymity said the man left his family over two weeks ago.

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“He is a commercial bus driver, but after the president asked everybody to stay at home, as a driver he can’t go out to carry anybody since all hid passengers are at home.

“At a point, he and his wife quarrelled for almost three days, with the woman asking him to go and look for any means to get money. He even results in buying on credit from neighbours, but after so much debt, they stopped selling for them and that brought more trouble at home.”

He added “I am not in support of the man abandoning his wife and children, but I thought the wife should also show some level of understanding because the lockdown is affecting everybody. Even me myself as a teacher, I can’t feed my family because schools have been shut too and private schools will not pay you if you don’t work.

NAIJA CENTER further investigation revealed that the marriage is over twenty years, with the first child being 19- years of age and the last child is about four.

When we tried to speak with the wife, upon hearing PRESS, she declined an interview.

It would be recalled that President Muhammad Buhari on March 29th ordered a total lockdown in Lagos, Ogun as well as the Federal capital territory, FCT Abuja to combat the spread of the COVID-19.

But on Apri 12th, with the spread of the disease increasing daily, the president again announced a further two weeks of lockdown in these states.

The effects of the lockdown are bitting hard on Nigerians especially among those that depend on daily income.

And with the restriction of movements now in its fourth week, it remains to be seen what await the citizenry.

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