Illegal Adoption: Owner of Orphanage Accused of Selling Babies Handed to NAPTIP

Illegal Adoption: Owner of Orphanage Accused of Selling Babies Handed to NAPTIP

David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Hon Ify Obinabo, has handed over the Founder of Arrows of God Community Children’s Home, Rev D.C Ogo, to men of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Ogo was found to have been involved in illegal adoption, where she allegedly gave away children in her orphanage homes to persons seeking children in exchange for money.

The orphanage was sealed a few months ago after revelations contained in an investigative report indicted the home.

Over 20 children, who were kept in the home, were recovered by the ministry before it was sealed.

The commissioner, who questioned the suspect in her office yesterday, lamented the bad image people like Ogo were causing the state, despite the government’s efforts to rid the state of such practices.

The commissioner said: “Imagine the bad image people like you are giving the state despite our numerous efforts to rid Anambra State of corrupt adoption practices.

“I’m using this opportunity to warn other community children’s home operators to desist from all forms of illegalities that will bring a bad name to the state.”

The Media Assistant to the commissioner, Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, quoted Ogo in a statement blaming her Secretary, whose name was given as Mr. Monday, who handled the adoption processes.

She said it took her two months to resurface after the sealing of her orphanage because she had been ill, and could not honour the summon by the ministry.

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