Mental Health: Remembering The Nigerian Lady Who Tried To Drive Into The White House Forcefully To See The President
By Iheme Kelechi 2 months ago
The story of the Nigerian woman named Joy Utokanandu, who was arrested for trying to forcefully drive into the whitehouse is a good pointer to the dangerous effects of poor mental health.
It is believed that Joy was mentally ill. She was arrested by the secret service in Washington DC few days ago after she tried to forcefully drive into the White House to see the most powerful man in the world.
Report has it that Mrs Joy Utokanandu tried to get into the White House complex by following an official vehicle through an external checkpoint, the U.S Secret Service had reported.
Joy moved from North Texas to Washington D.C., but according to her ex-husband Jeffery, he said she did not go there intending to harm Mr President. Her presence there was as a result of mental illness.
It was disclosed that the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Unit of the D.C. Police Department and the Secret Service responded to the suspicious vehicle after the driver tried to illegally gain entry to the White House complexRelated: Enrollment Soars In Anambra Health Insurance Scheme As It Now Includes Biafran War Veterans And Enugu Rangers Members
The vehicle, which was later identified as Mercedes car with Texas plate number, was stopped and the driver of the car was taken into custody by Secret Service, they confirmed.
“This is 100% mental illness, she has no political affiliation, no strong views about anybody. It’s a woman who needs help, who is sick,” Jeffery Akharoh, her ex-husband said.
Akharoh had two kids with Joy Utokanandu before their divorce in 2010. They had moved from Nigeria together, and she became a nurse practitioner. They divorced in 2010, but she remained in the area until her move a few months back to DC.
The ex-husband Jeffery said he is not surprised by the news out of D.C., because a few weeks back Secret Service showed up at his house asking for information about his ex-wife. She had been living in her car just a few blocks from the White House.
Joy Utokanandu had a mental picture of people who wanted to kill her, and to her, its only the president that can help her out of the situation, according to her ex-husband.
This sad story reminds us of the strong effect of mental ill health. How serious do we take our mental health and that of others around us?
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