Friday, August 23, 2013

Lagos Rescues 25 Children From Alleged Trafficker

Lagos State Government has rescued 25 children from an alleged child trafficker in the Egbeda area of the state. It was learnt that the suspected trafficker, Mrs. Rosemary Nwachukwu, was also arrested and had been handed over to the Alausa Police Division, while the children were currently in government’s custody.

The government accused Nwachukwu of operating an illegal orphanage named, Saint Stephen Charity Foundation, on Abiodun Adebanbo Street, Egbeda.

It was gathered that officials from the Office of Youth and Social Department, led by the Director, Child Development, Mrs. Alaba Fadairo, in conjunction with personnel from the Office of Public Defender and policemen, stormed the orphanage on Saturday.

The government said findings showed that the suspect was using the orphanage as a front for another illegal business.

 The Director, OPD, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi, said of the children, whose ages ranged from three months to 12 years, were victims of human trafficking.

Rotimi said, “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.

However, Fadairo, said, “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.”

Fadairo 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.

She said, “People and organisations that operated unapproved orphanages will be arrested and prosecuted according to the law.”

But Nwachukwu said she had been running the orphanage for 18 years, adding that it was purely on charity basis, and without financial gain.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said Nwachukwu was in police custody and would be charged to court on Friday (today).

She said, “We found out that she registered as a charity and thus not qualified to run an orphanage. She will be taken to court on Friday (today).”

Source: Punch


  1. Her motives might just be right

  2. There is a little girl who went missing @Redeemed camp,i hope they find her amongst them so she can be safely returned to her loved ones,i cant imagine what these children's parents are going through.
    A colleague told me some time ago about a family who were 'robbed' on Lagos Ibadan Expressway or one of those expressways out of Lagos,they were a mother father with their son & daughter in the car , the boy was about 12 (approximately) years old they ordered the couple & girl to get back in the car after taking all their valuables & roughing them up to drive off. They said they wld keep the boy for a while before letting him go later the parents pleaded but to no avail
    Anyway as they drove off they ran into a road block of police v close by & raised the alarm that their young had been kidnapped & they'd been robbed/beaten up, the police immediately mobilised & followed them back to the scene of the crime when they got there they found the young boy's body,he had been beheaded & the perpetrators were long gone with what they really came for a young boy's head!
    Nigeria my country to fear you is the beginning of wisdom,if you don't need to take your children out of state please don't. We have more than enough madness on the streets of Lagos don't add to your problems please!

  3. This is one of the ways they enter Lagos. The other is thru kidnapping. They pretend they are running from kidnappers. After getting in, they claim ownership of Lagos. Deport all of them. Go & open your orphanages in d south east ( where u from ) Deport all of them from Lagos. We do not need your revenues in Lagos. Go & give your revenues to your south east govt. Ole

  4. Hmmm dis is my friends mother, buh i don't think Mrs nwachukwu traffics deserve children she helps dem.oh I feel sorry for binta,valentine,vivian and vicent

  5. Money is our problem in this country.

  6. No body forced her to open an orphanage,so why is she saying she has been working for 18 years and no financial gain.rubbish

  7. Imagine the courage.

  8. She might be innocent

  9. The children looks good

  10. When did our Government start to work