By Citizens Platform
No fewer than 25 children have been rescued by the Lagos State government, from an alleged child trafficker in the Egbeda area of the state and her orphanage shut down, after eighteen years of existence.
The Office of the Public Defender, OPD, an arm of the state Ministry of Justice, which carried out the rescue mission from the purported ‘Home for Orphans and Less Privileged’, said apart from keeping the children illegally, the venue was also a front for child trafficking.
A statement from the OPD said the children whose ages range between three months and 12 years were found in the illegal home located at 30/32, Abiodun Adebanbo Street, Egbeda, Lagos allegedly run by one Mrs. Rosemary Nwachukwu.
A combined team of Director of Child Development in the state Ministry of Youths and Social Development, Mrs. Alaba Fadairo and officers from OPD clamped down on the home, acting on a tip-off, from which the alleged illegal activities of the home and the deteriorating condition to which the children were subjected to were exposed.
The Director, OPD, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi, said the children, whose ages range from three months to 12 years, were victims of human trafficking.
According to her, “It was discovered upon investigation that Nwachukwu trafficked 27 children and kept them in a room. We were able to rescue three infants of ages three to six months and 22 other children. Efforts are still on to locate the remaining two.”
The OPD director added that the suspect used the victims for financial gains by putting them up for adoption. She said the suspect would be charged to court after investigations had been concluded.
Fadairo on her part, disclosed that, “Investigation also shows that there are no records of each child and no evidence of how the children got to her orphanage. No police or security report.”
She urged members of the public to be vigilant and report suspicious orphanages to the appropriate authorities. She said some of the orphanages might be fronts for human trafficking.
The rescued children who had since been taken to the Lagos State Government welfare institution for proper care and protection.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Lagos state Police Command, Ngozi Braide has said Nwachukwu was in police custody and would be charged to court on Friday (today).
Source: Citizens Platform
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