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Woman nabbed for faking blindness, using two children to beg for alms

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A 37-year-old woman, identified as Ngozi Dike, has been arrested for faking blindness in order to attract sympathy for alms, while also using two children for the same purpose.

SP Haruna Mohammed, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, made this known in a statement yesterday, saying the woman was arrested at a market, Oye Olisa in Ogbunike, Oyi Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

He said: “On 15/02/2020, at about 11:48a.m. following intelligence report, police detectives attached to Ogbunike Division arrested at Oye Olisa Market, Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area, one Mrs. Ngozi Dike, aged 37, of Umuaka Town, Isu-Njaba LGA of Imo State.

“The suspect pretended to be afflicted with blindness, and was using two children, namely: Blessing Ezenwanne, ‘f’, aged eight, of Ugwuta Town and Favour Ezeagu, f’ aged 11 of Nwari, Ohaji-Egbema of Imo State, to beg for alms. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is neither blind nor afflicted with any ailment as she claimed.”

Haruna added that the woman got the two children she uses from their parents, whom she deceived that she wants to train the girls in school, but brought them to the town instead to use them for begging in the market, stating further that the case is under investigation after which the suspect would be charged to court for prosecution.


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