A Nigerian lady has been arrested for trying to force her way through the white house security in a bid to see the most powerful president in the world.
When quizzed, the husband, also a Nigerian claimed that his wife has no political affiliations but was merely a woman who needed help. He explained that the woman has been mentally ill and might have been trying to reach the President to save her from her imaginary tormentors who she assumed have been trying to kill her.
Watch the video of the arrest.
Her ex-husband says she did not go there intending to harm President Trump. He says it is the result of mental illness.
WASHINGTON — A driver tried to get into the White House complex by following an official vehicle through an external checkpoint, The Secret Service says.
That driver, Joy Utokanandu, just moved from North Texas to Washington D.C., but her ex-husband says she did not go there intending to harm the president. He says it is the result of a mental illness.
The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit of the D.C. Police Department and the Secret Service responded to the suspicious vehicle around 6 a.m. Thursday, after the driver tried to illegally gain entry to the White House complex.
The vehicle, later identified as Mercedes with Texas plates, was stopped and the individual 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 needs help, who is sick,” Jeffery Akharoh said.
Akharoh has two kids with Utokanandu. They 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.
Akharoh 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 blocks from the White House.
“It’s tough. It will be tough on any family. No father wants to see their children or their ex or their children’s mother go through this,” Akharoh said.
The Secret Service closed the surrounding roads Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and 17th Street Northwest due to the security alert. The roads were also closed to pedestrian traffic, police said.