- A while ago, the story of a street hawker who gave all his snacks to prisoners who were being transported, became viral on social media
- According to some people who witnessed the incident in Lagos, he was seen running around the prison van and shoving the sausage rolls meant for sale, into the hands of prisoners
- Identified as Ibere Ugochukwu, he has finally shared his story on how he became a street vendor and the reason for his kind gesture
Indeed, not all angels have wings and this Nigerian street vendor is teaching a lot of people a thing or two about selflessness, even when in trying times. Identified as Ibere Ugochukwu, the young man who is reportedly a sausage roll hawker in Lagos has become a viral sensation on the internet.
Ugochukwu won the hearts of many Nigerians after he gave out all his sausage rolls meant for sale, to some prisoners who were being transported in traffic. Despite not having anywhere to sleep and solely depending on the sale of the snacks to survive, he happily let them have it. The story became viral and shortly after, he was found.
Speaking on how he became a street hawker, Ugochukwu shared a heart wrenching story about what he went through in the hands of his former employer, which explained the reason for his kind act towards the prisoners. According to the story, he was wrongfully detained, tortured and starved by the police on the orders of his boss who falsely accused him of stealing.
He further stated that it was his fellow prisoners who shared some of their foods with him until his release which happened after the police were convinced he was innocent. Read his story below:
"A few years ago I worked as an apprentice in a cosmetics shop. I was supposed to receive a payment at the end of my term. But I was warned by the other employees that the owner would find a reason not to pay me. He’d always invent reasons to fire his boys right before their payment. So I made the decision to quit.
But when I told him, he dragged me to the police. He told them lies about me. He told them I’d stolen so much money. And they tortured me. They tied my hands and legs and they hung me from the ceiling. They beat me. I went deaf from all the slaps. For ten days I was given no food. My fellow prisoners would share little bits of their meals when they were finished. But some days I saw nothing. Honestly I was about to die. And I started to pray to God. And on the tenth day, the guards decided that it would cause too much trouble to let me die. They told my employer: ‘After what we did to him, he must be innocent.
Because he’d have confessed if he was guilty.” They released me into the world like a madman. And I’ve carried the memory ever since. I promised myself that if I ever found someone in a similar situation, I would help. So when I learned that prisoners pass down this road, I chose to hawk in this location. I waited until I finally saw the truck, and I pushed all my food through the bars. My fellow vendors couldn’t believe it. They asked me who would pay me for the food. I told them: ‘I didn’t do it for any man. I did it because of what God did for me."
He didn't have much to give back and his condition wasn't exactly the most comfortable to be in yet he put those prisoners first in that moment and gave back what he could.
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