Visually Impaired Mother Of One Cries Out For Help

By Ikenga Chronicles February 23, 2018

Visually Impaired Mother Of One Cries Out For Help

–Ifeanyi Calistus

Her name is Margret Uko Ekanem. She is totally blind. She is aged 34, and has a National Diploma in Mass Communication. Margret is native of Akwa Ibom State who resides in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The whole ordeal started in 2009 while she was doing her one year internship with a media house in Port Harcourt. Her path crossed with that of Emeka Idika — a media Practitioner himself. The relationship led to marriage which was formalised on the 19th of May 2012 at a court registry in Port Harcourt.

The union was blessed with a bouncing baby girl–Divine. Emeka Idika perceived the disability of his wife as a goldmine to gain compassion and goodwill from members of the society. Soon car and other material support began to come in from people who were moved by the story of his blind wife.

It appeared that Emeka had no true love for his wife. He only wanted to use her disability to achieve certain means. He disrespected the wife and turned her into a punching bag. He abused and insulted her and even beat her up when she was nine months pregnant. Each time Margaret complained about Emeka’s shameful and amorous escapades with other women, it earned her severe beating. Emeka usually called her names and warned her never to complain as it was a favour he rendered by leaving behind other beautiful and complete women to marry a blind witch like her.

Last year, Emeka secretly packed out of the house with the house help. His present residence is not known to Margret. She was abandoned all alone in a sprawling three bedroom flat. The rent of the house has already expired and the landlord had served her summons to vacate the apartment. She appealed to the landlord for time extension to enable her arrange for where to move in as she would be homeless if thrown out of the house now, but the landlord refused. In fact, the landlord’s desperation to throw her out of the house was clearly shown in the manner he cut off water supply and electricity to the flat. In few days from now, Margret will be homeless. She has nowhere to go as both Mum and Dad are late.

In the month of June 2017, Emeka conspired with the daughter’s cab driver to take her away from the mother. It was a psychological blow on Margret as her daughter is her bundle of joy and consolation. She hasn’t seen her daughter since then. She reported the matter to FIDA but all her efforts were frustrated by the compromised system. In her words “They were bunch of ‘Scammists’ who could be easily bought over by money”. She lamented that there is so much compromise, ineptitude, mediocrity, and rot in the Justice system of this country. She said she was sorry to say it but those are facts.

Margret is therefore appealing to Due Process Advocates (DPA) and any one that hears her story to help her secure the custody of her only child and to save her from a life of dependency by giving her a job or something that can enable her attain financial independence in order to help her take good care of her daughter.

Below is the DPA Defence Account. Whatever you give to Margret will reach her.

ACCOUNT NAME: ECULAW DEFENCE FUND
ACCOUNT NO: 1014620981
BANK: ZENITH BANK PLC

 

Source: Due Process Advocates (DPA)

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