One Mr Selekeowei Olokumo, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has been brought to book for imprisoning one of his twin daughters, 16, in a semi refuse dump site around his home for three years.
According to Channels TV “It was a feeling of shock when we realized that it was not for keeping his generator or other items but where his 16-year old daughter, Blessing Olokumo, had called home for almost three years.”
Blessing, the 6th out of the 16 children of her parents, has no relationship with her twin sister. She began convulsing when she was three years old and was not properly monitored by the medical doctors, so instead of outgrowing it as most children of her age would probably have done; she has since been battling with the condition.
Instead of being sympathetic to her plight and treat her with more care and attention, her parents began treating her with utmost disdain. She has been tagged an evil child, accused of being responsible for the death of her immediate siblings who were also twin girls. She has been abandoned by her parents in a cage for almost three years and left to God to decide her fate. “Why I kept her in this house is that when she defecates and urinates, she soils the whole house when the mother and myself are not around. So there’s nothing I can do again. I now isolated her from the apartment I’m living”, he said. A few weeks ago, Blessing was found and rescued by members of the Mary Slessor Twin Foundation, a foundation focused on the welfare of people of multiple birth heard of her plight and decided to intervene.
She is currently on admission at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri.
( Courtesy Dailypost & Nigerian TV Channels ……………. Source ………….. Our Freelance Contributor in Lagos)