Amputee Lagos hawker, Mary Daniel who received massive monetary support from a host of celebrities, including Super Eagles Striker, Victor Osimhen, has been discovered to be a member of a fraud syndicate.
The plight of Mary – an amputee seen hawking on the streets of Lagos, drew compassion among well off Nigerians and she became an instant online sensation.
However, in these perilous times, bad tidings is never far away and there are viral reports that Mary Daniel was discovered to have made up the touching story about her life and family.
Daniel, in an interview, claimed 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.
Following her harrowing tales, Nigerians started donating money through her bank account made public with about N25m raised.
This prompted the state government to immediately shelter her to prevent criminals from taking advantage of her sudden fortune.
But then, 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 cut of the loot.
It was learnt Sanwo-Olu handed 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 confirmed that the young woman was in the custody of officials of the Social Welfare, adding that investigations are ongoing.