A Lagos couple say the burden of caring for their six children, including a set of triplets, is weighing them down, Punch reports.
The triplets – Prince, Praise and Precious – were reportedly delivered in September 2015 after the couple had decided to stop having children.
The husband, 53-year-old Ifeanyi Amadu, lamented that he lost his job after his wife was delivered of the triplets.
Ifeanyi, an indigene of Ukpo town, in the Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State, said their condition was worsened after Toyota Sienna, which served as officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority in the Ajegunle area impounded the family’s means of livelihood.
He said his family had since then been living from hand to mouth.
He said, “We have had three children before now – Ruth (13), Chibueze (10) and Ebube (eight). We stopped giving birth to children. We just wanted to have fun that day when it turned to a pregnancy. We met a doctor who told us that she was pregnant with triplets.
“I was afraid; we didn’t expect it. I decided not to run away because of the love I have for my wife. Moreover, if I ran, who would take care of her?
“She was delivered of the babies through caesarean section. When the children were born, the girl had medical problems because the two boys rested on her in the womb. She could not eat. That again drained our resources as we sought medical help. During that period of taking care of mother and children, I lost my job at Idumota.”
The wife, Precious, said Ifeanyi was using the family’s vehicle for menial jobs when the minivan was impounded by LASTMA officials.
The 40-year-old woman, while begging the government to release the vehicle to the family on compassionate grounds, called for help from Nigerians for her husband to get a job.
The Public Affairs Officer of LASTMA, Mahmud Hassan, asked the couple to write a letter to the agency.
He said, “Based on your story, the vehicle was parked at a place where it was obstructing free flow of traffic and it was seized from the mechanic; it was not seized from the family. As an organisation, we will not allow anyone to violate the state traffic law because he is a third party.
“However, we also have human feelings in our organisation and we can understand what the family is going through. Ask them to write a letter to us on the matter and we could consider their plea.”