It is seemingly the family members and others who wanted to have a cut in the contributions made to viral amputee sachet water Daniel helped disclose her lies.
Amputee hawker Mary Daniel alleged that she was an orphan who survived a gruesome accident that killed all other persons on board. However, some relatives of hers who were eyeing the N25m donated to her contended that she didn’t tell the truth.
A source close to the Lagos State government told The Nation that
“some of these discrepancies started emerging on her birthday. Some things were observed that did not add up. Then, the strange calls. She also refused for her child to be brought to Lagos”.
“Later she came up and said she wanted to go alone to bring the child and those managing her refused since it was not safe to travel. Then, she was taken to where she should learn a skill but she refused. It was clear she just wanted to leave the state. With the information at the disposal of the state government, she was disallowed from travelling alone.
“She was first handed over to the Social Welfare Department but when they complained about accommodation and the Igala traditional ruler in Lagos indicated interest to take her, she was handed over to him.”
The leader of Igala community in Lagos State, Chief Sanni Yakubu Ejima told the Nation that Miss Daniel was in his care.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued by the Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, revealed Miss Daniel was kept in custody to protect her from possible fraudsters, adding that the government sole aim was to make sure that she finally ups her standard of living.
According to Adebowale, “she now has the resources to take care of herself and her baby. She can now have a new lease of life”.
She added that it was the sole duty of the committee to ensure that the accumulated funds donated to her was to be used judiciously to improve her living conditions and also take care of her baby.
“We have handed over Mary Daniel to representatives of her Igala, Kogi State community here in Lagos. The handing over was done in the presence of representatives of the Ministries of Justice; Youth and Social Development, and police and a Non-Governmental Organisation.
“Government took the step to shield Ms. Daniel from possible fraudsters who may target the funds donated to her by well-meaning Nigerians. She is also free to set up her dream supermarket in Lagos since it was here that fortune smiled on her. This is a confirmation that Lagos is a land of hope and opportunities. A committee was also set up to ensure the funds are utilised judiciously.”