In 2020, two unidentified men caged 23-year-old Beatrice Adah, an Abuja-based cancer patient, while soliciting money from federal capital residents for her treatment. Sadly, they diverted the funds for personal use, according to findings by the Social Development Secretariat (SDS).
The duo claimed they had earlier taken the patient to the National Hospital, Abuja, but couldn’t afford the medical bill, hence they resorted to begging.
Two months ago, SDS says it discovered that the fundraising had been compromised as it realised that one of the “fraudsters” had purchased a plot of land in one of the local communities in Abuja. According to SDS, the land was purchased with the money solicited for Adah’s treatment.
Further investigations launched by the secretariat with the help of the Department of State Security (DSS) revealed that the other man also bought another piece of land and even built a structure on it with the same money.
After verifying the fraudulent acts, Adah was admitted to the National Hospital, Abuja, by the FCTA. This was after FCTA augmented the sum of N350,000 contributed by “a good samaritan.”
Acting Director of SDS, Alhaji Sani Amar told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the “fraudsters” have been handed over to DSS officials where the force’s Director of Criminality read the Riot Act to the culprits. Whereas, their identities were not revealed for reasons unknown.
“We discovered that one of the young men has bought a plot of land in one of the local communities from Abuja natives out of the money they realised through the begging,” said Amar. “The second one also purchased land and even built a structure on it, all with the money they gathered through begging in the name of looking for money to pay her medical bill.”
The secretariat boss continued: “Our investigation further revealed that the patient was in their custody from July, 2020, until we intercepted them about two months ago. And by the grace of Almighty Allah the surgery was carried out successfully.
“From the money the two young men realised through begging, we made them vomit N500,000, which we added to the initial deposit of N500,000 for the treatment.
“Subsequently, FCTA through the SDS added N300,000. In fact, from the beginning to the end of the treatment we spent about N1.6m.”
Adah, however, had been released to her family following her treatment. Her aunt, Beatrice Ushunde, while receiving her niece, expressed gratitude to the FCTA for coming to the family’s rescue.
“On behalf of our family, I want to use this medium to appreciate the FCTA for assisting us to ensure that our daughter was treated at the National Hospital.” she said.
The DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, did not respond to calls seeking the identities of the perpetrators. As of press time, he has not responded to WikkiTimes’ detailed enquiry.