Four men who allegedly specialised in using an unregistered organisation to defraud people under the guise of soliciting funds for sick people and the disabled, have been paraded by the Lagos State Police.
The suspects who were paraded by the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, CP Edgal Imohimi, reportedly pretended to be gathering money from the public for the treatment of sick people but eventually diverted the funds they realised.
“On May 27, about 8:00 p.m, an NGO based in Lagos informed the Police about the illegal activities of an unregistered NGO that operates as a body that helps people with debilitating illnesses to raise funds for their treatment.
“Detectives found one Jacob Monday from Obi Local Government Area of Benue State who said that the so-called NGO brought him to Lagos under the pretence that they will assist him in raising money to tackle his health challenge.
“They promised to help him secure fund for a hernia operation but ended up putting him on the streets of Lagos to beg for money for the past three months.
“The worst is that all the money realised from the begging activity was given to the group leaders who lodged in hotels.
“However, painstaking search for the group heads led to the arrest of one of the leaders and three other associates.
“They were identified by the victim as members of the fake NGO,” he said.
Punch reported that the police Boss added that the suspects, would be charged to court as soon as investigations into the case are concluded.
Few months ago, it was reported that there was commotion at Trade Fair complex in Lago,s after a well meaning Nigerian spotted a little girl with protruded stomach who was being exploited under the scorching sun by some fraudsters parading themselves as members of an NGO seeking donation for her treatment.
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 ID card.. According to reports, she shunned the woman who confronted them -telling her to mind her business.
After being labelled 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.