Lagos State government has handed over Mary Daniel, the amputee sachet water hawker, to the leader of Igala (Kogi State) community in Lagos State, Mr Sanni Yakubu Ejima, assuring that it would continue to protect all residents in the state, especially the vulnerable.
The Special Adviser (SA), Office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, disclosed this, on Thursday, in a statement made available to newsmen.
It would be recalled that Miss Daniel, whose story had attracted widespread attention, particularly in the social media, had been in the safe custody of the state government in the past two weeks.
Adebowale said the state government took the step to shield Daniel from possible fraudsters who may target the funds donated to her by well-meaning Nigerians, adding that the ultimate desire was to ensure that Daniel becomes a civically responsible citizen in the state.
“She now has the resources to take care of herself and her baby and have a new lease of life,” the governor’s aide said.
According to the statement, Daniel was handed over to a Committee comprising of the representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and the Leader of Igala community in Lagos State, Ejima in the presence of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Alausa and representative of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command.
While handing over Daniel to the Leader of the Igalas in the state, Adebowale explained that the police were brought in to demonstrate that the state had taken good care of Daniel while in her custody and to ensure Daniel’s safety thereafter.
She said the Committee was to oversee Daniel’s rehabilitation and ensure that the donated funds were judiciously utilised for the improvement of her standard of living and that of her baby.
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