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Father Of Arik Air Tyre Boy, Daniel Ohikhena Claims Wife Dumps Him

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Sept 4th, 2013 – Father Of Arik Air Tyre Boy, Daniel Ohikhena Claims Wife Dumps Him

There was drama, yesterday, at Edo State Government House, Benin City, when  the father of the stowaway teenage boy, Daniel Oikhena, who was said to  be bedridden due to illness, surfaced during a meeting between Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the family.

This came as the Department of  State Services, DSS, yesterday, handed over Daniel to the Edo State  Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development but denied the mother,  Mrs. Evelyn Oikhena, access to her son.

Mr.  Osaigbovo  Oikhena, 44, a driver by profession, told journalists that  contrary to reports that he was sick and bed-ridden, he was living  separately from the family due to a disagreement with his wife.

He  said his wife refused to stay in the house where he could afford the  rent. Therefore, he decided to move out of the house a year ago to where  he could afford the rent.

He said: “I decided to come here today (yesterday) to tell the world that I am the father of Daniel. Initially,  when I heard the news, I thought my son was kidnapped. But my wife said  I should calm down that when everything is okay, she will call me.

My wife refused to  move in with me“I  never dreamt of going to America, I am not married to another woman. My  wife refused to give the DSS my number when they asked for it.

“Arising  from my loss of job, I decided to move to a new apartment where I can afford the rent and told my wife that they should move in with me, but  she refused and continued to stay in the three-bedroom flat on 7,  Ehigiagbe Street, Ekenwan, Benin City.”

Mr Osaigbovo who said he  resides at Siluko Road, noted: “I usually  pay my children’s school fees  and provide feeding money regularly, contrary to claims that I  abandoned my family.”

He  accused the wife of making it look as if he was dead by denying people access to him.

Meanwhile,  De RAUFS, a volunteer group which had indicated interest in the welfare  of Daniel was at Government House, Benin City. Represented by Yinka  Muyiwa, head of legal team, De RAUFS said it came to Edo State to  reaffirm the scholarship it earlier gave the lad to continue his  education up to university level.

DSS releases stowaway kid to Edo govt
The 13-year-old Oikhena has been in the custody of DSS in Lagos before he was released to the Edo State Government, yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Oikhena, the mother of Daniel, has confirmed the return of her son to Benin. She told newsmen in Benin that she got a call, yesterday, inviting her to the state Ministry of Women of Affairs.

She  said: “I went to the office and was told that my child had been taken  to DSS.  I went there and saw Daniel. They  did not allow me to touch or  greet him, but he was looking good.”

She said after a short session with DSS, she was asked to go and wait at the Ministry of Women Affairs.

[The Nation]

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  1. Ij

    September 4, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Xteristics of a shattered home!…d lad suffered lack of parental training.

  2. Darius Aminu

    September 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    You don’t have an iota of shame. Blabbering and broadcasting your problems to d entire world. D topic of discussion is supposed to b your son Daniel, not U. If ur wife dumped U, wot do u aim to achieve by blabbering? Do U want custody of Daniel? If u’re nt bad-ridden, why didn’t U go to Lagos wen d news emerged. Y did it take U so long to speak out. Mr, there is sth U’re nt tellin us.

  3. fmlala

    September 4, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Daniel a child of destiny

  4. Martha

    September 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Woman, be contented with what your husband can afford for the family and dont be over ambicous. It is the character of the mother’s independence that the little boy want to exhibite by trying to sneak into America before landing in Lagos. He did not even care for his own life…….. Because of i can do all alone attitude of the mother by dumping the husband. If the father was around, the boy would have had some fear. Dont try to outshine your husband, he is the head pls. Hmmmmmm, Edo woman.

  5. coco

    September 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    In fact it is time to look into Nigerian women waywardness and the evil character and way of life they have generally adopted.The women feel above the family, especially above the men. No Nigerian man mistreats his wife as been generally propaganded.Nigerian women are very evil and feels above all without control. Even in the western world, those that have families respect their husbands.

  6. chizoba

    September 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    The Woman is not a good wife & mother but i pray that this will change her & also unite the family

  7. Phemey

    September 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Wot a divine upliftment!
    D young Lad who cld nt afford to go to school cos of his impoverished conditon, has eventually gotten a world breaking record of survival on air for almost an hour without any aid to keep him alive in d air!!!
    And a miraculously scholarship has embraced him at his brave &uncommon stunt. Dis is actually a food for thought & a lesson to learn dat: nothing moves God until dat thing moves u, also, until u take an adventurous gaint stride towards succes, succes is unachieved.
    Dis reminds me of a popular qoute: in terms of making goals, aim @d sun, and wen d worst happens, u’ll fall on d sky!
    D boy actually thought d plane was going to America, but it landed him in Lagos, where he was able 2get his scholarship award!!!!!!:):):):)
    i am actually bomberded wit jingles of laughter in my tommy! (as i’m writing dis comment) Wit such an adventure dat yeilds a miracle as dis guy!
    May God help us!

  8. patoya

    September 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Nigerian men can be horrible too. If a woman feels unhappy in her marriage she has every right to move on. People need to understand that gone are those days when you are expected to stay put even when your life is at risk Men also need to wake up to the fact that they can not continue their abusive behaviours and expect the woman to stay because culture demands that. Gone are those days when a woman is the husband’s property. Respect has to be both ways in any marriage. Why are people ready to accept changes only in certain areas. It should be a woman’s choice to leave or remain in an unhappy marriage. No woman should live her life to please some short sighted chauvinists who have refused to come out of the stone age. If this man is truly involved with the upkeep of his kids why does he have to go to the press to gain access to his son. He is washing his dirty linen in public now because he thinks there is a windfall on the way and his wife is trying to side line him. I feel no pity for him as there are 2 sides to any story.

  9. Smith

    September 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Welcome daniel

  10. wealth

    September 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    @patoya i love ur comment. U said it all

  11. Sonia

    September 5, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    M daniel’s sister..everything he said are al lies…shameles fada,wish i neva had a fada lyk u,infact u re a disgrace

  12. brenda

    September 6, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Benin men hmmmmmm shamless man u just came to tell d publc dat u are lazy. And irresponsible fada. If I. Were u I won’t ComE tO EDGH yesterday you av made your famiLY a laughing stock shame on u n ur manhood.

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