FCTA  Intervenes On Cancer Patient, Hands Over Case To Police, Family

The FCT Administration (FCTA) Social Development Secretariat (SDS) has handed over 23-year old Miss Beatrice Adah, a cancer patient, to her family after sponsoring her surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja.

Its Acting-Director, Social Welfare Services Department, Alhaji Sani Amar, disclosed this to the Newsmen in Abuja.

Amar said that before the intervention of FCTA Department, the cancer patient was being used by some men to make money on the streets of Abuja.

He said when the department apprehended them, they claimed that they had earlier taken the patient to the National Hospital but couldn’t afford the medical bill, adding that, that was why they resorted to begging.

Amar said that they took the patient to the National Hospital to verify the claim and the Surgeon asked them to make a deposit of N500,000.

He said that the young men had already realised millions of naira through begging on behalf of the patient.

Amar revealed that when the department took Beatrice to the hospital, a good Samaritan appeared and contributed N350,000, while FCTA completed the money and made the deposit for the treatment.

Amar said that based on the investigation conducted by the department, the young men, who claimed to be doing “a Godly job” were fond of exploiting patients with such condition (abnormal growth).

He said that the department took them to the Department of State Security Services (DSS) for interrogation where the Director of Criminality Investigation Department (CID) read riot act for them.

Amar said they were made to understand the criminality in what they did ranging from the trafficking, exploiting her and suffering the poor girl under such condition.

He said they were also told that by taking her from one corner to another begging, they had disobeyed FCTA law that banned and prohibited begging. Amar said that the two young men were still in police custody.

He said that they were considering writing a letter of complaint as the police insisted for a written complaint if they wanted them to be prosecuted in the court of law,

Amar said the department would intensify patrol, surveillance and contact, adding that anybody that sighted such kind of people begging with patient from any angle should report to the FCTA.

Receiving Beatrice from the FCTA, Mrs Beatrice Ushunde, aunty to the patient, expressed gratitude to the FCT Administration for coming to her rescue.

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