Famous amputee hawker lied to get donations, seizes N25m donation – Lagos claim

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Major claims made by the Oshodi amputee hawker, Mary Daniel, have been found to be false by the Lagos State Government.

The government has subsequently withheld the N25 million donation it is holding in trust for her. “Daniel claimed that she lost a leg in an accident that killed all passengers, including her parents when she was a teenager.”

Her story gripped many Nigerians who rushed over themselves to help her with cash. Daniel, in an interview, claimed she was an orphan with a baby and an aged grandmother to fend for.

She narrated how life dealt her several blows and she had to drop out of school and hit the streets to make ends meet. “After Nigerians showed her love and contributed N25million to her, the state government provided her with shelter to prevent criminals from taking advantage of her sudden fortune.”

Just few days ago, a celebrity birthday party was held in her honour featuring many cakes, fanfare, photoshoots, among others.

All was going well for the young lady until the state government discovered on Thursday her father was alive.

“It was also detected she was amputated from birth.”

It was gathered Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu immediately handed her over to officials of the social welfare for investigation following revelations her case was staged. “Daniel, it was gathered, was receiving strange calls from those who staged her story with threats to reveal the truth unless she gave them their share of the money.”

It was learnt that Sanwo-Olu handed her over to officials of welfare in the presence of the police and some Kogi leaders, who attested that her father was alive.

Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu told The Nation the young woman was in the custody of officials of the Social Welfare and not the police as earlier reported.

“The police were there but she was not handed over to us. She was handed over to the 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.

 

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