Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) on Thursday arrested a fake street beggar, identified as 40 year-old Mrs Chinagoro Uwenke who uses her son to beg for alms on the street.
Parading the suspect before newsmen, Chairman of the Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP) disclosed that there were many fake beggars pretending and deceiving innocent members of the public with different illnesses/diseases.
Egbeyemi revealed that the woman bandaged her son’s leg with two rolls of white bandage and poured GV blue ink on the leg every day in order to deceive members of the public to give alms to the innocent boy.
The woman said “I brought my son, Sunny Uwenke, 11 years old to Lagos five years ago to beg for arms while the remaining five children are at Ata Town in Abia State with their father”.
She further confirmed that she made much money from arms at Oshodi than any other area of Lagos because of higher influx of people around the area.
“She however pleaded with the government not to charge her to court as she is ready to go back to her town and re-unite with her family voluntarily.”
Egbeyemi said the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni has directed that the suspect be immediately charged to court.