By Ndu Chris Nwannah, ATM Guest Writer
The Anambra State Police Command has nabbed a fake blind woman who specializes in recruiting teenagers to beg for alms. The 37 year old lady, whose name was given as Mrs Ngozi Dike was arrested by police detectives at Oye Olisa Market, Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area. A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Haruna Mohammed, indicates that suspect was from Umuaka in Isu Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.
The culprit was said to have had dinner the parents of the teenagers, Blessing Ezenwanne, eight years and Favour Ezeagu, 11 years, and promised that she would enroll and train them in school.
“On 15 February 17, 2020, at about 11:48am, following intelligence report, Police detectives attached to Ogbunike Division arrested at Oye Olisa Market, Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area one Mrs Ngozi Dike, a female aged 37 years, of Umuaka Town, Isu-Njaba LGA of Imo State.
“Suspect pretended to be afflicted with blindness, and was using two teenage girls namely; Blessing Ezenwanne aged eight years, of Ugwuta Town and Favour Ezeagu, aged 11 years of Nwari, Ohaji-Egbema of Imo State, to beg for alms.”
According to Mr Mohammed, investigations by the police show that the woman was not visually impaired.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is neither blind nor afflicted with any ailment as she claimed and that she deceived the parents of the teenage girls that she want to train them in school, but instead use them for begging in the market.”
“Case is under investigation after which suspect would be charged to court for prosecution,” the police image maker noted.
He said the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr John Abang, has warned parents to be careful, while giving out their children as house help.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, urges parents and guardians to be wary of those they entrust their Children on in other not to expose them to moral danger.”