No fewer than four children sold by their parents and guardians for a minimum of N60, 000, to aid their financial needs, have been rescued by the Lagos State Government in the last one year.
187 cases of child abuse and domestic violence were reported and treated by the state government in the year under review, the State government said.
at the 2013 ministerial Press Briefing held in Alausa,Ikeja, to commemorate the sixth year anniversary of Governor BabatundeFashola’s administration, Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who also doubles as the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, said that the last one was rescued by the government six months ago, adding “the child was rescued where it was sold by her grandmother for N 300, 000.”
“The state government also rescued four children sold for a minimum of N60, 000. The last was rescued about six months ago but we have also rescued the child who was sold for about N300, 000. This child we rescued is nine months old now. Those children are in our homes and we have sent them back to school, to continue their studies. When their parents are ready, they will come forward to reclaim their babies. I remember that I brought this issue to the state government six months ago. The woman who bought the child travelled to America and we had to wait for her to return and we collected the baby from her.
“Presently, we are investigating a woman now who we suspected bought all the five children in her custody”.
She assured residents of the state that government will never relent in ensuring that issues relating to child care wouldn’t be treated with levity. She further disclosed that the state government has concluded plans to establish a special mother centre where young girls who were forced into pregnancy can be taken care of until they deliver their babies.
“Also we created a mini-clinic closer to the centre because they may want to deliver their babies at the midnight.
“After delivery, we will keep their babies for about five years. These children will be living in our motherless home. We believe that by then, they must have been able to acquire funds to cater for the children. Sometimes, this may be the only child they will be able to give birth to,” she emphasized, saying it will help curb issues of sold babies that may occur in the state.
She also warned that the state government would intensifying its enforcement of the Child Right Law and other laws related to domestic violence in the state. She noted that the state government recently embark on investigation and it discovered that some residents of the state have become agents to child trafficking in the state.
The deputy Governor warned that there wouldn’t be any hiding place for rapist and others violating the state laws in the state.“ON THE CHILD ABUSE AND OTHER CASES On the breakdown, she said.
Giving a breakdown of the statistics, Orelope-Adefulire said “53 cases of child trafficking/labour, s*xual abuse; 43, Child Custody, 33; child neglect 13, sale baby 2, physical abuse 37 and teenage pregnancy 1.
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.
Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.
According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.
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