Mary Daniels: Gov't Withholds GHC350k Donated to Amputee Hawker After Detecting Lies In Her Story

Mary Daniels: Gov't Withholds GHC350k Donated to Amputee Hawker After Detecting Lies In Her Story

- The Lagos government recently found out some false claims in the story of the amputee lady, Mary Daniel

- The lady's father is reportedly alive and her leg was said to have been amputated from birth

- Mary had cooked up lies about her background to get the sympathy of Nigerians

The Lagos state government has stopped the amputee lady hawking water and drinks in Oshodi, Mary Daniel, from accessing the N25 million (over GHC350, 000) that was donated to her by Nigerians.

The Nation reported that some lies were found in the story of the young woman.

Mary had claimed that she lost her leg to an accident that claimed the life of all the passengers including that of her parents.

According to her, she was left with a child and her grandmother to fend for, noting that she hawked to put some food on the table.

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Amputee woman selling water
Amputee woman selling water has been handed to social welfare for lying about her story. Photos: @marydaniels_amputee
Source: UGC

However, shortly after her birthday, the government found out that Mary's father is alive and that her leg had been amputated from birth.

It was reported that her presence in Oshodi was staged and her lies were discovered when the people she worked with started to threaten to expose her if she does not give them their own share of the donation.

As expected, the matter got Nigerians talking on social media.

Read some comments below:


"Give her her money let her start something meaningful with her life. At least monitor her progress. It's still hers."


"Abeg give her the money. Nigerians contributed to her leg, not her background..."


"But the girl still get one leg nah?, that's the reason why the money was contributed not because of her story, Abeg may una no chop that money... Give her the money. everything for this country na investigation still yet things are not going the way it's supposed to."

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"Is she an amputee? Yes.. is she hawking? Yes. The fact that she lied about the death of her parents doesn't change this fact and that's why we donated. They should give her the money that was meant to ameliorate her condition."

Recall that the Lagos state government had expressed willingness to offer accommodation and other safety assistance to the amputee bottled water seller, amid an abundance of sympathies coming her way.

Aderemi Adebowale, the special adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on civic engagement, made this known on Monday, April, 12.


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