A fraudulent NGO that uses a sick girl to beg for alms without taking her health into consideration has been exposed in Lagos.
According to reports, the incident occurred around the Trade Fair Complex in Lagos, when the woman, on seeing the girl with a protruding stomach sitting in the middle of the road under the scorching sun with the members of the so-called NGO begging for alms from motorists with a message that they wanted to use it for the girl's surgery, decided to ask some questions with the intention of help but she was shocked to find out that they were fraudsters and were only capitalizing on the girl's situation to make money.
This is the report of the incident:
"When the group (a lady and 2 guys) was confronted by an elderly woman about the NGO they represented, the leader (the woman in green cap) couldn't produce any form of an ID card.
She shunned the woman who confronted them, telling her to mind her business. After being labeled a fraud, the young lady reportedly said; "Nigeria is hard, I cannot do Ashawo, man must survive".
This prompted the elderly woman to notify a soldier who was close by. On seeing that the case had gone critical, the lady started to plead for mercy.
Upon interrogation, the lady claimed that the girl was brought from Abuja, while her co-worker (in green shirt) said that the girl's parents live at Orile, Coker in Lagos.
Due to the unrelated stories, the little girl was asked where her parents stayed and she said that they are in the village in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State and that the people brought her straight from the village. She also revealed that she was told to smile and wave at people driving by so they would be forced to donate to her cause.
The worst part is that these fraudsters were doing this just very close to a police station. After people started gathering following the chaos caused, the policemen were notified about the situation."
"Instead of coming to confirm for themselves, they said it's not their business. One of the policemen tried to liaise with the soldier to bury the case after one of the 'NGO' members 'reasoned' with him and his squad.
The woman was shocked after she was told to go home, that nothing could be done about the situation. According to her, the policemen and those fraudsters might have been working hand-in-hand due to their silence on the matter and how quickly they were to dismiss the case."
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