Amputee Lagos hawker, Mary Daniel who received massive monetary support from Super Eagles Striker, Victor Osimhen and other well-meaning Nigerians has been discovered to be a member of a fraud syndicate.
Osimhen, like many other Nigerians, was moved by the plight of Mary, who became an instant online sensation had promised to help her plight and duly lived up to his words with a handsome donation.
He first urged his followers on Instagram to get in touch with her and later revealed that he has gotten through to her.
It was gathered that he donated an enormous amount to the women.
But the news filtering in from Lagos on Wednesday might not be pleasant to the ears of the Napoli striker, as Mary Daniel was discovered to have been untruthful about her life and her 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.
It was gathered 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 share of the money.
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 and not the police as earlier reported.
By Augustine Akhilomen
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