The Lagos State Government on Thursday handed over Mary Daniel, the amputee sachet water hawker, to the leader of the Igala (Kogi State) community in Lagos State.
She was handed over to a Committee comprising of the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and the Igala community, led by its leader in Lagos State, Mr. Sanni Yakubu Ejima.
Also in attendance was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Alausa, who represented the State Police Commissioner.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, said it was not true that the N25 million donated to Mary Daniel was seized by the state government.
She noted that the police were brought in to ensure her safety and also demonstrate that the state had taken good care of her while in her custody.
The special adviser said the state government took Daniel into custody to shield her from possible fraudsters who may target the funds donated to her by well-meaning Nigerians.
According to the Adebowale, the ultimate desire of the state government is to ensure that Daniel becomes a civically responsible citizen in the state, adding that “she now has the resources to take care of herself and her baby and have a new lease of life.”
Adebowale added that the Committee is to oversee Daniel’s rehabilitation and ensure that the donated funds are judiciously utilised for the improvement of her standard of living and that of her baby.
She promised that State Government will continue to protect all residents in the state, especially the vulnerable.