A 49-year-old widow, Dorothy Dike and her son, Osinachi Ndukwe, cried profusely as their only vehicle which they had acquired at the rate of 1.8 million naira on hire-purchase, was auctioned off for 450,000 naira .
Recall that earlier today, the Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Justice and the State Task Force, organized the public auction of over 134 abandoned vehicles and confiscated, at the Task Force Headquarters in Lagos State, Alausa, Ikeja, where a crowd of auctioneers, agents, buyers and vehicle owners attempted to outwit each other.
A private auction house took charge of the event under the supervision of Mrs. Arinola Ogbara -Banjoko of the Lagos State Special Crimes Coordinator (Mobile Court) and Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Shola Jejeloye, Chairman of the State Task Force.
Mrs Dorothy and her son had already jumped for joy when their minibus (Korope), with license plate ANAMBRA NEN 347 YX, was auctioned off with an opening bid of N50,000, but the joy was of short time.
A few minutes later, the mood changed as they were crying profusely, rolling on the floor and demanding a price reduction as the offer continued to rise and reached N430,000.
The auction was about to close when suddenly the mother and son shouted 450,000 naira loudly, “Help us, please help us, don’t raise the price anymore. We can’t afford it, but we hope the vehicle will be ours so we can work again and raise money to feed ourselves.
The Imo State-born widow said
“Help me help me. I am happy to buy back the bus but the problem is that we cannot afford N450,000. I am a widow with two children and I am selling herbs on the streets of Lagos to survive. Osinachi is my son and I lost his father three months after giving birth and since then I have been struggling to feed my children.
When we learned that the bus would be auctioned today, we borrowed 59,000 naira to attend the event. Unfortunately, the price of the bus was closed at N450,000,” she lamented.
Osinachi, 31, who couldn’t hide his emotions, told how he became a commercial driver due to unemployment.
According to him;
“I bought the bus for 1.8 million naira on hire-purchase in 2021 and was driving around Ijegun on the Cele highway. The bus was three months old and I had paid N300,000 when I drove against the grain in the Cele area and the bus was impounded.
Not only that, I was sentenced to three years imprisonment which I recently served, but before the completion, information reached me that my three year old daughter was ill due to lack of funds and before I finished the prison term, I got information that she had died.
I am here with my mum hoping that we will buy the bus for 50,000 naira. Amazingly, the price closed at N450,000 and we have 48 hours to make the payment.
We have sold most of our possessions to feed ourselves and we have nothing left. This is a big problem ahead of us. My father died when I was three years old and my mother has been there for me but there is no way she can raise 450,000 naira.
Who will I turn to at a time when many Nigerians are struggling to feed themselves? I do not know what to do”
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