Saturday, November 26, 2022

Man Caught Using Children With Fake Stomach Tumour To Beg For Alms In Lagos

Onyedinka Esiala, a middle-aged man from Lagos State, has been caught hiring kids to beg for money while they were pretending to have stomach tumours.

Esiala, a resident of Enugu State, was exposed by a passerby identified as Benefit in the Mile 2 area of the state, on September 28, 2022.

The suspect stated that his supposed boss, Uche, started the fraud and gave the kids unidentified substances to make their tummies inflate when he was being questioned.

He claimed that every time Uche visits the country’s eastern region, he brings children with him.

He said:

“My name is Onyedinka and I am from Enugu State. My oga is Uche. When I came from the village, I did not get any work to do; then he told me to be helping him to be taking these children out for begging.” he said.

“Whenever I am about to take the kids from Orile to Mile 2 pedestrian bridge, my Oga will give them drugs though I don’t know the name of the medicines which will make their stomach get swollen for some hours, and the kids’ mothers are aware of the business. Their mothers stay in the village,”

“The children were staying with them in the village before they gave them to my Oga to come to Lagos. The girls are not my sisters, but their mother often brings them to my Oga. Some kids stay a year with us, and half of the money made from begging is sent to their mothers in the village. My Oga does give them black drugs. I don’t know the name of the drugs. My Oga did not tell me the name but it’s a black drug.

“My Oga brought one of the kids last year December while the other girl has spent three months with us. There is a boy among them but did not come today because he is not feeling too well.

“We do not come every day. We sometimes come three times in a week. My oga’s name is Uche and we have another set of people that stay at Ajagbadi, but I don’t know the exact place. The person that handles that of Ajagbadi is different from the one handling us in Mile 2. The name is Goodluck, but he is currently not in Lagos, he travelled, and his younger brother is in charge,” he added

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