Amputee hawker, Mary Daniel has been detected by The Lagos state govt to have told a lie about losing a leg in an accident that killed all passengers, including her parents when she was a teenager.
The amputee hawker became a sensation weeks ago after pictures of her selling water at Oshodi emerged on social media and attracted sympathy from Nigerians across the world. She supposedly said she did this to gain more sympathy and get more funds amounting to 25 million naira. This made the state government immediately house her to prevent people from taking advantage of her sudden fortune.
Jameelanews. ng reports that all was going well for the amputee hawker until the state government discovered on Thursday that her father was alive. It was also detected she was amputated from birth.
Once discovered, the Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu immediately handed her over to officials of the social welfare for investigation following revelations her case was staged. The amputee hawker was receiving strange calls from those who staged her story with threats to expose her unless she gave them their share of the money.
It was learned the governor handed the amputee hawker over to officials of welfare in the presence of the police and some Kogi leaders, who attested to the fact that her father was alive.
Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu reports that.
“The police were there but she was not handed over to us. She was handed over to Social Welfare. There were irregularities and lies in the account of her life she gave.
“It was discovered that contrary to her claim that her parents died during an accident that left her amputated, it was discovered that her father is very much alive and that she was amputated from birth.
“It was also discovered that her presence in Oshodi was staged. Those working with her played on the intelligence of Nigerians to get donations for her.
”It came to light when the people started threatening her. She promised some N500,000 others different amounts and was planning to return to her home state when the information leaked.
“I had to attach some policemen to her to prevent any attack on her when she went to the bank. We suspected those people might follow her but everything went well as they were not seen.
“Presently, the state government is preventing her from accessing the money.
“The government does not want a situation where it will become a trend for people to cook up stories, manipulate the people to get donations,” Odumosu explained.