Clampdown on illegal orphanages, continues – FCTA

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…rescues 19 children

The  Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Minister, has disclosed that findings revealed more illegal orphanages being operated in the territory will be demolished to ensure sanity.

The exercise commenced with  the seal up of ‘Famouskids orphanage home’ Angwan Zegele road, Tungan-Maje, by the acting secretary of FCT social development secretariat, Hajia Safiya Umar, with other officials  and rescue of 19 children.

According to her, the exercise was followed by the FCT minister’s directives, informed by a police report to the secretariat which several investigations were carried out to mop up the nation’s capital especially the outskirts, of human trafficking and other practices against child right act.

She said if necessary steps are not taken, those who claimed to be running orphanages will be breeding people that could be problem to the society.

“There is a lot in the Federal Capital Territory that we have to do, the abuse is becoming too much, how can somebody set up an orphanage and be selling children, when the social development secretariat authority want to know, the person will be nowhere to be found.

“our investigations show that more needs to be done in order to stop the proliferation of illegal orphanages, it appears is a very big business going on in the city which the government least expected.

“The government thought is well spirited people that are opening orphanages to help children without parents, as a way of helping the government in managing some social vices, unfortunately people have used it as business, using the children as personal business” she said.

Mrs Umar explained that the FCT administration will not tolerate the activities of individuals who indulge in bringing children from other states into the federal capital and using them to make money.

She said: “It has become a NATIP case because all the children are either from Akwa Ibom or Cross River states, this is outside jurisdiction, because there is jurisdiction of operation of orphanages. All children that will be kept in orphanages in Abuja must come from Abuja, anything outside Abuja is trafficking and that won’t be tolerated by FCTA”

The 19 children that were rescued range from ages of 4,7,8,11, 16 and 9, comprising boys and girls, they were evacuated to unity home Gwako, owned by the FCTA for proper care, pending when the issue is resolved.

However, the orphanage founder identified as Nkechi Udoh was nowhere to be found, but the police officer familiar with the woman’s activities, who craved anonymity told journalists that they were tracking her for arrest.

“The woman is within Abuja but she is hiding, we are trailing her, very soon she will be arrested”

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