A Nigerian man has narrated the devastating story of how he found himself under the Oshodi Bridge in Lagos and slept there for two years after having lived for 21 years in the United States.
According to media reports, the man shared the horrifying story during a recent programme with a popular Ibadan-based radio personality, Oriyomi Hamzat, on his radio programme Kokoro Alate.
The man said although he studied Banking and Finance in London, his downfall began after he had a dream where he was flying like an eagle in the skies.
In his words: “I just strangely found myself in Nigeria. I spent nine years in London. I studied Banking and Finance in London. I had struggled a lot. I had a dream like I was flying in the skies.
“In the dream, I saw welcome to the Bahamas. I had been there for a vacation in real life. Then, I saw ‘Welcome to London’. Later, I saw another signpost that said, ‘Welcome to Africa’. After that, another one said, ‘Welcome to Nigeria.’ It now became clearer when I started seeing cattle and ‘molue’ buses, and I woke up.
“It was after one month my wife said that I woke up and shouted ‘Nigeria, Nigeria!’ I didn’t plan that I was going to Nigeria. That was how I became sick, and my family rushed me to a Teaching Hospital in California.”
He continued, “From there, I found myself under the bridge in Oshodi, Lagos. I slept for two years under the bridge. It was some policemen who woke me up around 1:00 am on a particular midnight. They touched me with the gun.
“Their leader, during an operation in the middle of the night, asked me where I was from. He said, ‘Get up!’ and questioned, ‘Where are you from?’ I answered, ‘I’m from America.’ I regained my senses a bit. So he now collected the nylon bag I was holding to check me.
“My elder brothers, who used voodoo to call me back to Nigeria, were also the ones who came to meet me at the airport and collected all my luggage. They dumped me at the psychiatric hospital at Sabo-Yaba, Lagos. When the workers did not see my people, they sent me out, and that was how I became a vagabond in Lagos.
“Later, they dumped me at another praying mountain at Pakoto Ifo, located in Ogun State, where I spent six years. The pastor of the church took care of me. Later, when the owner of the church died, the people working with the prophet stylishly sent me packing, and I became stranded and a wanderer.”
The man said he came to his senses after some policemen, who were on patrol, came to him under the bridge at Oshodi, Lagos.
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