A woman suspected to be insane was arrested with a large sum of money totalling over Two hundred thousand naira (N200,000) arrested in at Aroma junction Awka by government officials.
The woman who is suspected to be in her 50’s and always seen at Aroma junction with lots of wastes, which she keep as her properties was arrested by officials of the state government from ministry of women’s affairs and child development.
The officials who were on patrol to mop up insane people whose number were steadily increasing in Awka capital territory approached the woman and led her into their van, but she protested that she cannot leave behind her properties.
“So, the officials told her they cannot carry all the waste she referred to as property, but she should take anything that was most important among all she had.
“That was when she ransacked the waste and dug out money which were neatly stacked according to their denomination. The money which consisted of all denomination, but mostly small bills was very big, and that was what attracted people here,” an eyewitness said.
A passer-by said she knew the woman, and that despite being seen as a mad woman was usually neat, and also bought her own food when she was hungry.
Eyewitness said she did not disclose the source of the money, but it was suspected that the money may be proceeds from alms, but another eyewitness said she may also have made the money through men who sneaked in at night to have sex with her.
Hon Ndidi Mezue, commissioner for women’s affairs and child development could not be reached on the main motive of the ministry in arresting insane people, or the whereabouts of the arrested woman.
Her aide who picked her call simply said that the commissioner was in a meeting and would call back. She however did not call as at the time of filling this report.