Mary Daniel: Lagos withholds a N25 million donation for an amputee street hawker who lied about his father’s death.

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The Lagos State Government has postponed a N25 million donation for Mary Daniel, the amputee hawker who went viral after being photographed hawking sachet water in Lagos’s Oshodi neighbourhood.

Kemi Filani remembers Mary Daniel telling the public that when she was a teenager, she lost a leg in an accident that killed all passengers, including her parents, and as a result, she was forced to drop out of school and hit the streets to fend for herself, her son, and her elderly grandmother.

It has now been discovered that Daniel’s father is alive and that her arrival in Oshodi was staged, thanks to a temporary shelter offered by the state government for her.

Following the finding, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was said to have promptly handed her over to social welfare officials for enquiry.

Mr Sanwo-Olu surrendered her in the presence of police and Kogi leaders who verified her father’s survival.

Daniel, it was discovered, had been getting odd calls from those who staged her lie, threatening to spill the truth unless she gave them their cut of the money.

“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,” commissioner of police Hakeem Odumosu told The Nation.

“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.”

Mr Odumosu said the state government took the decision to deter others from following Daniel’s footsteps in manipulating the public.

Daniel recently celebrated her 27th birthday. She said she planned to open a supermarket with the funds raised by the public.


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