Lagos amputee hawker Mary Daniel has allegedly been exposed as part of a fraud syndicate.
Mary Daniel made headlines earlier this month after she was pictured hawking satchel water popularly known as “pure water” on one leg.
When interviewed, the amputee hawker claimed she lost her parents in a car accident that also took her leg. She was also a single mother and also had a grandmother to care for.
Her plight drew the sympathy of Victor Osimhen who made an undisclosed cash donation to her and urged his followers on instagram to donate as well.
Many well meaning Nigerians also made their donations and an estimated sum of 25m Nairaland was raised for her.
In addition, a makeover and photoshoot was organised for herto celebrate her 27th birthday.
Even the Lagos State government immediately sheltered her to prevent criminals from taking advantage of her sudden fortune
Now reports coming on Wednesday night from Lagos say Mary was lying about her predicament as investigations revealed that her story was staged.
Daniel was allegedly receiving suspicious calls from her fellow fraudsters who threatened to expose her if she didn’t hand over their own share of the money she made.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that her father was still alive.
According to a report from Complete Sports, this prompted the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to hand her over to officials of Social Welfare for further investigation.
The governor made the hand over in the presence of the police and some Kogi leaders.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu confirmed that the amputee hawker was in the custody of officials of the Social Welfare.