A man identified as Onyedinka Esiala, who uses children with fake stomach tumor to beg for alms in Lagos has revealed how he carries out his enterprise.
The suspect said that a man who he referred to as Uche gives the children a drug which makes their stomach swell.
Esiala was exposed by a passerby identified as Benefit, at Mile 2 area of Lagos State on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
During an interview with Vanguard, the suspect said that his accomplice, Uche brings children to Lagos every year he travels to the east.
He said, “My name is Onyedinka and I am from Enugu State. My oga is Uche. When I came from the village, I did not get any work to do; then he told me to be helping him to be taking these children out for begging.
“Whenever I am about to take the kids from Orile to Mile 2 pedestrian bridge, my Oga will give them drugs though I don’t know the name of the medicines which will make their stomach get swollen for some hours, and the kids’ mothers are aware of the business. Their mothers stay in the village.
“The children were staying with them in the village before they gave them to my Oga to come to Lagos. The girls are not my sisters, but their mother often brings them to my Oga. Some kids stay a year with us, and half of the money made from begging is sent to their mothers in the village. My Oga does give them black drugs. I don’t know the name of the drugs. My Oga did not tell me the name but it’s a black drug.”
Speaking further, he explained that they come three times a week to carry out their nefarious act on the streets. He revealed that they have another branch at Ajagbadi and Mile 2 adding that the accomplice that handles the branch is known as Godwin but he is presently not in the state.
He explained that Godwin’s younger brother now handles the business in his place.
After thorough questioning, Oyedinka was taken to the Nigeria Police Station Area E, Festac and handed over to the police for further interrogation.