I am a widow with two children and I hawk herbs on the streets of Lagos for survival.
A 49-year-old widow mrs Dorothy Dike and her son, Osinachi Ndukwe, wept bitterly as they watched their sole vehicle, which they had bought on hire purchase for N1.8 million, go up for auction and for N450,000.
Remember that the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Justice and the state Taskforce, organized the public auction of over 134 abandoned and forfeited vehicles earlier today at the headquarters of the Lagos State Task Force, Alausa, Ikeja, where a crowd of auctioneers, agents, buyers, and vehicle owners tried to outwit one another.
Under the direction of Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Shola Jejeloye, the Chairman of the State task force, and Mrs. Arinola Ogbara-Banjoko of the Lagos State Special Crimes Coordinator (Mobile Court), a private auction house managed the event.
The initial excitement of Ms. Dorothy and her son when their minibus (Korope) with the license plate ANAMBRA NEN 347 YX was put up for auction with a beginning offer of N50,000 quickly faded.
Few minutes later, the atmosphere changed as they wept profusely, rolled on the ground, and begged for price reduction as the bid kept jerking up and hit N430, 000.
The bid was about to close when suddenly the mother and son shouted N450,000 loudly, “help us, help us, please, don’t increase the price again. We cannot afford this but we are hopeful that the vehicle will be ours so that we can work again and raise money to feed ourselves.”
The Imo state-born widow said
Osinachi , 31, who couldn’t hide his emotions, narrated how he became a commercial driver due to unemployment.