Onyedinka Esiala, a middle-aged guy, was discovered manipulating youngsters in Lagos State who had fictitious stomach tumors to beg for money.
On September 28, 2022, a bystander named Benefit exposed Esiala, an inhabitant of Enugu State, in the state’s Mile 2 neighborhood.
The suspect told Vanguard that his purported boss, Uche, started the scheme and gave the kids unidentified medications to make their tummies expand.
Every year when Uche visits the country’s eastern region, he allegedly brings children with him to Lagos.
“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.” he said.
“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,”
Before they gave the kids to my Oga to travel to Lagos, the kids lived with them in the village. Although their mother frequently takes the girls to my Oga, the girls are not my sisters. Some children stay with us for an entire year, and their moms in the village receive half of the money they earn from begging. They do receive black medicines from my Oga. The names of the medications escape me. The name is unknown to me, however it is a black substance.
“My Oga brought one of the kids last year December while the other girl has spent three months with us. There is a boy among them but did not come today because he is not feeling too well.
“We do not come every day. We sometimes come three times in a week. My oga’s name is Uche and we have another set of people that stay at Ajagbadi, but I don’t know the exact place. The person that handles that of Ajagbadi is different from the one handling us in Mile 2. The name is Goodluck, but he is currently not in Lagos, he travelled, and his younger brother is in charge,” he added
After thorough questioning, Oyedinka was taken to the Nigeria Police Station Area E, Festac and handed over to the police for further interrogation.