The mother and daughter who are were dwarfs were part of 56 suspects paraded by the Police on Thursday, with the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, saying that various units of operatives had been deployed in different areas of the state to curtail kidnapping, robbery, cultism and other crimes.
Hear wetin the mother talk:
“I didn’t have any problem with the traditional ruler of Awa-Ijebu; it is the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the town who said he doesn’t want people selling Indian hemp.
“I know Indian hemp is not good, and the Nigerian law does not support trading in it, but I am into it in order to survive. My husband is late. My daughter, Olamide, was not helping me to sell Indian hemp; we were just together in the shop when policemen came to arrest me.
“When I was told to stop selling Indian hemp, I agreed, but I pleaded that I should be allowed to finish selling the ones I had. I am ready to stop selling Indian hemp; I am ready to join the theatre industry if I can find someone to introduce me into it.”
The pikin talk too:
“I know my mother used to sell Indian hemp, but that was what we were surviving on.
“She feeds eight people along with herself, making nine. My grandma is down with stroke, and my mother’s younger sister, who is also a dwarf, has cancer of the breast. And it is only my mother who is taking care of them all.”