Begging is a lucrative business, arrested suspect tells police

Chinagoro Uwenke, 40, who was arrested by members of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit Task Force for using her 11-year-old son to beg for alms, has said she went into the “business” because it is lucrative.

Uwenke was arrested at the Oshodi area of the state after officers of the Task Force noticed that her son’s leg was actually not wounded.

When the bandages were removed, it was discovered that the child had no injury.

It was gathered that the suspect has been using her son to beg for alms for five years.

During interrogation, Uwenke said she made between N3,500 and N5000 daily.

“I live at Oloko-Dana, Ijora-Olopa area, in Oyingbo. I am from Abia State. Yes, my son is hale and hearty, but I took to begging because it is lucrative. I make more money at Oshodi than any other area because of the number of people that pass by daily.

“I withdrew my son from school back in Abia and brought him to Lagos five years ago to use him to beg for alms. That is what most people do. This is because people take pity on children. My five other children are with my husband in Ata town, Abia State.

“What I do is to wrap his leg with bandage, after which I would pour GV and other liquid substance which will make it look as if it is an injury that refused to heal. I would then beg people to help me with money to take him to the hospital. Some will even give without me begging them.

“But I am appealing to government not to take me to court. If I am left off the hook, I promise to go back to the village and join my family,”she said.


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