Many days after making news headlines and trends on social media, Mary Daniel, the Oshodi amputee water hawker has landed in police custody.
Newsonspot.com.ng understands that Daniel had earlier claimed that she lost a leg in an accident that killed all passengers, including her parents when she was of younger age.
The story which she told after a netizen shared her photos on social media earned her favour from Nigerians who demanded her details and eventually helped her financially.
However, reports emerging on Wednesday alleged that Daniel staged her discovery and as well faked her identity. Daniel had revealed in an interview that 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 receiving donations in millions, Newsonspot.com.ng understands that Lagos State government immediately shelter Daniel to prevent criminals from taking advantage of her sudden fortune.
Subsequently, while all was going well for the young lady, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s led government on Wednesday discovered Daniel’s father is still alive.
It was also detected she was amputated from birth. The discovery prompted the state government to immediately handed Daniel over to officials of the social welfare for investigation. Reports had it that she 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.
The development made Sanwo-Olu to hand her over to officials of welfare in the presence of the police and some Kogi leaders, who attested her father was alive.
Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu told news men that 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.