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Orphanage Home Where 23 Trafficked Children Are Kept Uncovered In Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has uncovered an orphanage home in Karonmajigi, Abuja, where 23 children, aged between one and 14 years, trafficked from Plateau state, are kept.
The Mandate Secretary of the FCT Women Affairs Secretariat, Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi, at a news conference today, February 19, said that the children have been rescued and the orphanage home, known as Priesthood Orphanage, shut down.
Speaking to newsmen also on the issue, the Plateau State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Caroline Dafur, said that the Proprietors of the home abandoned the children at the orphanage, under the care of one Pastor Abraham, in a terrible condition of hunger. “Three of the children had earlier escaped and were discovered by officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, who reported the case to the NAPTIP and took the children to the Human Rights Radio, who then notified the Plateau State government and the FCT Women’s Secretariat.
“We came in yesterday and on reaching here, we were told that they went to a church. We kept going from one church to another, looking for them until we found them in a Deeper Life Church, where we were able to pick them up, and we went to the home.
“And we saw the place; it is not supposed to be called a home.
“The place is just so unkempt. I wonder how the children were sleeping in the small room. “Nine girls were sleeping in a very small room with just two mattresses. And then for the boys, they were in a small room too, with two mattresses just on the floor. And I mean, it’s so pathetic the way human beings treat human beings in this country.”
She expressed the displeasure of the Plateau state government on the matter, even as she appreciated the Mandate Secretary of the FCTA for the assistance in evacuating the children, and relocating them to the Karu Children’s Home.
Meanwhile, the mandate Secretary,
Benjamins-Laniyi told newsmen that the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has authorised the Secretariat to profile and recertify orphanages operating within the nation’s Capital.
“With immediate effect, that ‘home’ has been shut down. We have the name of the proprietor of the orphanage home, but we are not naming names now for obvious reasons.
“When the entire material investigation is concluded, there will be an official gazetted presentation of the facts, the findings, and the delivery of this intervention we’ve started here today.
“NAPTIP, as we speak is already on it. Using this as an example, one of the first things I have done is to get approval for the recertification of orphanage homes in Abuja.
“The minister has approved that there will be a full, thorough reprofiling of anything that has to do with orphanage and recertification status of all orphanages in Abuja.”
She said that the Women’s Secretariat is already working with the office of the Commissioner of Women Affairs of Plateau State, to reunite the children with their families, some of whom she said had been at the uncertified orphanage for five years, since 2019.
“We are working with the Plateau state government to reunite the children that I had earlier mentioned by name and by age, with their families in Plateau state. This is a transition arrangement.”

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