Homeless Family of Five Battling Insanity Rescued!

The Cross River Government in partnership with the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, provide succour to the Ogoja mentally deranged family following intense search and rescue.

The family of Mr. & Mrs. Ben Ogar popularly known as the Ogoja mentally deranged couple has been rescued following weeks of intense search by a team from the Cross River State Government and Federal Neuro Psychiatric hospital, Calabar, Cross River State.

According to his wife, Mr. Ben and his wife lost their means of livelihood about the same time six years ago while still resident in Abuja with their two kids, and what followed was a mental disorder leading to the Mr. Ben relocating himself and his wife to his country home in Ogoja where he opted to stay in a shanty rather than his father’s house. His family rescued his first set of kids from him when he started showing signs of this disorder, and six years of roaming the streets of Ogoja produced the three kids he was rescued with.

Doctors confirmed Mr. Ben to be suffering from a mental disorder, while his wife is only having the ‘folie a deux’ syndrome as a result of her husband’s condition. The children, two girls and a boy, are in very stable condition and are responding to treatment very well.
The Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, said the erstwhile mentally deranged family are in stable condition and are responding well to treatment. The family will be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society with continuous medical care and social welfare, she concluded.

According to Progress Oberiko, the National Youth Service Corps member, who first shared the story of the family on her Facebook page, they were rescued on Monday by the staff of the hospital.

In her latest post, Oberiko said, “Yesterday 22/10/2018, doctors, nurses and social workers from the FederalNeuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Calabar arrived Ogoja and together we went on a rescue mission.After contacting the notable clan head of the village (Ukpah, Bekwarra LGA ) including the elder sister to the ‘special man’, the man and his wife were chemically constrained by the specialists with the help of some villagers and conveyed in their official bus with their children to the hospital in Calabar…
“So as it is, the #ONE_BIG_FAMILY is off the streets of Ogoja/Bekwarra to get immediate attention and care.