Lagos govt withholds N25m donation for Amputee Hawker after uncovering lies in her story


The Lagos State Government has withheld donations made to an amputee hawker after discovering that she ''lied'' about her condition.
 
Mary Daniel, 26, had become an internet sensation after photos of her selling bottled and sachet water on the busy Oshodi motor park surfaced online.
The single mother had in interview claimed that she lost a leg in an accident that killed all passengers, including her parents, when she was a teenager.
 
She added that life became hard and she dropped out of school to fend for herself by selling on the street.
 
She said that she is an orphan with a baby and an aged grandmother to fend for.
Her touching story had gone viral on social media which eventually attracted sympathy from Nigerians.

Some people then started a fundraising campaign for her, with her bank details being made public for donations.

And within days, Nigerian had raised over N25m for her.
This prompted the state government to immediately shelter her to prevent criminals from taking advantage of her sudden fortune.

Just few days ago, a celebrity birthday party was also held in her honour featuring many cakes, fanfare, photoshoots, among others.
All was going well for the young lady until the state government discovered her father was alive.

It was also detected she was amputated from birth.

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

Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu said 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," he said.

“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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